Rome, Italy, Sep 2, 2016 / 12:52 pm
As the situation in Yemen continues to worsen, Bishop Paul Hinder on Friday requested prayers for priests, for the Missionaries of Charity, and for kidnapped priest Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, whose situation is uncertain.
“I do not know how we can continue in the present situation,” said a visibly moved Bishop Hinder. “And pray for Fr. Tom, if he's dead or not. We don't know.”
The Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia spoke briefly Sept. 2 at the end of a symposium on Mother Teresa, foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, who will be canonized Sunday. The event was hosted by Asia News in Rome. Not originally scheduled to speak, the bishop apologized that his remarks were unprepared, as he had just left his office in Abu Dhabi that morning.
“I suffer due to the situation that has arisen in Yemen, where 7 million people die of hunger; there is security for no one, it's not a question of being Christians or Muslims,” he said. “The insecurity is general in the entire country, caused by the civil war.”