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An aged Catholic priest in Yemen kidnapped 18 months ago by militants has been rescued from captivity. The priest was a chaplain at a home for the aged established by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. He was abducted last March when militants attacked the home, killing 16 individuals including 4 nuns. All symbols of Christianity were destroyed in the attack. The ongoing civil war in Yemen has created a dangerous and lawless atmosphere, forcing many Christians to remain in hiding and discreetly practice their faith.

09/13/2017 Yemen (Associated Press) – An Indian Catholic priest who was kidnapped by militants from a home for the aged in Yemen has been rescued after 18 months of captivity, an Indian official said Tuesday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter that Tom Uzhunnalil had been rescued but gave no details.

Uzhunnalil had worked for more than four years as a chaplain at the home in Aden in southern Yemen established by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

He was abducted by militants in March last year when they attacked the home, killing 16 people including four nuns. The militants also destroyed the chapel and the center.

There were about 80 residents at the home at the time of the attack. Missionaries of Charity nuns also came under attack in Yemen in 1998, when gunmen killed three nuns in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida.

The Hindustan Times newspaper said the priest was flown from Yemen to Muscat, the capital of Oman, after his release.

“Our prayers were finally heard. We thank all who stood with us in trying times,” the newspaper quoted the priest’s older brother, Mathew, as saying.

Uzhunnalil comes from Ramapuram in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

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