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Perspectives Daily - Video of Kidnapped Salesian Priest Surfaces

Noel Ocol

May 10, 2017
It’s just over a day before the Pope makes a historic trip to Fatima to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparition. We have the first part of a mini-series special segment today, with Deacon Pedro where he explains the main things you should know about Fatima.
But first, let’s begin in Rome where earlier today, the Pope addressed pilgrims at his weekly general audience. He spoke about Mary and called her the Mother of Hope, and that she was a woman of courage, perseverance and obedience. Here now is the summary
We will air the entire general audience address tomorrow at 7:05pm Eastern right after Perspectives Daily here on Salt and Light TV.
Now, Fr. Thomas Uzhunnalil the Salesian priest who was kidnapped in Yemen more than a year ago, was seen in a video, that recently surfaced on youtube, pleading to the Indian government and the Catholic Church to do more to secure his release.
The video was posted on YouTube by the news site Aden Time yesterday showed a sickly Fr.Thomas seated with a cardboard sign in his lap with the date April 15, 2017.
Father Thomas began by stating his name and date of birth and thanking "his family and people" for their messages of concern, which he said he has received. Without describing his captors he said, "they are treating me well to the extent that they are able." "My health condition is deteriorating quickly and I require hospitalization as early as possible,". Fr. Thomas said his captors have contacted Indian government "several times" and their replies, which he said, were "very, very poor." "They also contacted the bishop, of Abu Dhabi," he said. "There, too, the response was not encouraging. Neither the bishop nor the Indian authorities ask them what they really want to get me released. It is a poor response, and I am sad about that."
Concluding the video, he asked his family and friends to pressure the authorities. He said, "Please, please, do what you what you can to get me released. May God bless you for that."
And of course, we’ll keep you up to date on this story as the story unfolds.
Pope Francis announced last week that Capuchin Father Solanus Casey, has met the requirements for beatification and will be named “blessed”. He’s the second US-born man to receive this designation and, the first person from Michigan. Father Casey, born in Wisconsin, in 1870, and spent most of his adult life and ministry in Detroit.
He helped establish the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in 1929 to feed hungry people during the Great Depression. At the time of his death in 1957, devotion to Father Casey had grown to the point that more than 8,000 people attended his funeral.
The approved miracle that elevated him to Blessed, involved a woman with an incurable genetic skin disease who prayed at Father Casey’s tomb asking for the friar’s intercession upon which,.. she received an instant and visible healing.
Now, the miraculous nature of her cure was verified by doctors in her home country, in Detroit and in Rome, all of whom confirmed there was no scientific explanation. Father Casey himself died of a skin disease in 1957. You can read all about the story of Capuchin Fr. Solanus Casey on our blog site listed below.
And finally now, 100 years after the Marian apparitions in Fatima, there are still many questions about it. Here now, is Deacon Pedro with part 1 of a mini-series where he explains all the things that you need to know about Fatima.
And that's it for Perspectives today. Join us again tomorrow when we bring you more news and stories through the Perspectives of a catholic lens. From all of us at the Salt and Light, thank you for joining us.