CWN - The Indian priest who was kidnapped by Islamic terrorists in Yemen in March 2016 might be released soon, an Indian government official says.

Representatives of the Salesian order met last week with India’s foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, to press for more government action in the quest to secure the release of Father Tom Uzhunnalil. The foreign minister said that the priest is alive, and said she thinks he will be freed soon. She promised that the Indian government would continue diplomatic efforts on his behalf.

In May, Father Uzhunnalil released a video in which he pleaded for help, saying that he needed medical attention. Swaraj confirmed that he has been rough “unimaginable trauma and suffering” in captivity.

In July the foreign minister of Yemen had said that Father Uzhunnalil is alive, and that his government is also working for his release. Neither government has indicated where the priest is being held. His captors are believed to be associated with the Islamic State.

 

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Teachings of Christ

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Self-accusation before God is something that is very necessary for us; and humility of heart is extremely advantageous in our lives, above all at the time of prayer. For prayer requires great attention and needs a proper awareness, otherwise it will turn out to be unacceptable and rejected, and 'it will be turned back empty' to our bosom.

Martyrius of Edessa