Conflicting news reports surrounding the fate of Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, a Catholic priest kidnapped by the Islamic State terror group and believed to have been crucified on Good Friday, have given hope that he might still be alive.
Although Austrian news reports said the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, claimed during Easter vigil mass that the 56-year-old priest has been killed, Bishop Paul Hinder of Southern Arabia announced earlier this week that he has "strong indications that Fr. Tom is still alive in the hands of the kidnappers."
Hinder reportedly told Catholic News Agency that his hopes remain high that Uzhunnalil has not been killed, though could not give any further information in order to protect the life of the priest. more >>
Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, 56, a Catholic Priest who was kidnapped by the Islamic State earlier this month was crucified by militants on Good Friday, according to Austrian media.
Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, told a congregation gathered in St. Stephen's Cathedral in the Austrian capital that the Salesian priest had been crucified.
The Christian Post reported last week that Father Uzhunnalil was believed to have been kidnapped by IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) during an attack at a Missionaries of Charity-run retirement home in Aden, Yemen, on March 4. During the attack, the militants killed 16 people, including four nuns. No trace of Uzhunnalil was found after the attack but a neighbor reportedly witnessed militants taking the priest and driving away with him in a car. more >>
The founder and CEO of a Christian satellite network that reaches out to refugees fleeing war-torn Syria and Iraq, is reporting that many Muslim families are turning to Christianity, where they encounter a message of peace and love.
"It's surprising just how much damage the Muslim world has done to itself due to this schism between Sunni and Shiites," SAT-7's Terence Ascott said, according to Mission Network News Monday. "It raises serious questions. People were really losing trust in organized religion."
He added that ongoing attacks instigated by the Islamic State and other terror groups are only part of the long-standing conflicts in the Muslim world, along with the age-old divide between Sunnis and Shiites. more >>
Messianic Jewish soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces are growing bolder and more open about their faith in Christ with their fellow soldiers and officers, a survey has found, despite daily challenges of living 24/7 around unbelievers and trials resisting the "pleasures of the world."
The survey, released on March 1, was conducted by Kehila News Israel in cooperation with several local ministries that organize soldier conferences and Bible studies for the hundreds of Messianic soldiers currently serving in the IDF.
The results, based on the responses of 69 active duty IDF soldiers from a total population of several hundred Messianic soldiers, found that there is a clear openness about Yeshua (Jesus) in the army – as much as 96 percent said that their fellow soldiers know about their faith, in addition to 78 percent of their commanders and officers. more >>
Christians throughout the world fear that a Salesian priest who was kidnapped during a deadly attack in Yemen earlier this month might be executed by Islamic State jihadists on Good Friday, following an unconfirmed online report from the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen.
Father Tom Uzhunnalil is believed to have been kidnapped by IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) during an attack at a Missionaries of Charity-run retirement home in Aden, Yemen, on March 4. During the attack, the militants killed 16 people, including four nuns.
A nun who is the lone survivor of an Islamic State terrorist attack on a church-run retirement home in Yemen earlier this month has provided an eyewitness testimony of the massacre that took the lives of 16 civilians, including four nuns.
In speaking with a fellow nun named Sister Rio, Sister Sally, the superior of the sisters' community in Yemen, gave her detailed account of the March 4 IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) massacre at the Missionaries of Charity home in Aden.
As Sister Sally recalled the horrible incident, her recollection was written down on a piece of paper by Sister Adriana. A copy of the handwritten account was obtained and posted on the Internet by the Catholic news site Aleteia. more >>