There has been no official confirmation yet.

Conflicting reports of Kerala priest being crucified in Yemen by Islamic State on Good FridayFacebook
news Monday, March 28, 2016 - 19:35

Two of UK’s leading newspapers –the Daily Mail and The Independent- on Monday reported the alleged crucifixion of Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a Catholic priest on Good Friday. He was abducted by a terror group in Yemen earlier this month. 

Nothing has been officially confirmed though as a few online Indian news portals say that neither the Catholic Church nor the central government has confirmed the same.

The Washington Times reported that the news of his crucifixion on March 25 "using the same method used by the Romans on Jesus and marked on Good Friday every year, was confirmed at the Easter Vigil Mass by Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna". 

However, Abu Dhabi archbishop Paul Hinder on Monday dismissed reports of Father Tom’s execution and said those are untrue, Manorama reported.

The archbishop was earlier in Yemen and later relocated to Abu Dhabi.

The news comes days after a social media post by a religious group claimed that Father Tom would be tortured and crucified by the ISIS on Good Friday.

A Facebook post last week by the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen, based in South Africa, claimed, "Was informed that the Salesian priest, Fr. Tom who was kidnapped by ISIS from the Missionaries of Charity Home in Yemen is being tortured and is going to be crucified on Good Friday.”

The post which was reportedly shared more than 100,000 times has now been deleted.

Father Uzhunnalil, who hails from Kerala, was kidnapped on March 4 in the course of an attack on a convent and nursing home run by the Missionaries of Charity in the strike-torn region. 16 persons, including four nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, two staff members and eight nursing home residents was reported to have lost their lives in the attack.

Father Uzhunnalil was reportedly praying in the chapel of the convent at the time of the attack and was kidnapped by the attackers. The MEA on Saturday confirmed his abduction and said that the making all efforts to secure his release.

Although Father Uzhunnalil is a native of Pala in Kottayam district, many of his close relatives are settled abroad, and none presently live at the family’s ancestral home.

“He had come home last September, but had no plans to leave Yemen even though there had been many threats. One of his uncles, who is also a priest was in Yemen. He may have influenced Tom’s decision to work there,” Advocate Augustine, Fr Uzhunnalil’s cousin had told The News Minute

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