Vatican City, May 9, 2017 / 04:04 am
Fourteen months after his kidnapping in March 2016, Salesian priest Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil has appeared in another video asking for help in obtaining his release, criticizing the response of a local bishop and the Indian government.
Opening with a word of thanks, Fr. Tom apparently references either a message he’s received, or the general concern surrounding his case.
“I received the message of concern that you sent to me, my dear family people. I'm thankful to you. Thank you very much,” he said in the video, published on YouTube May 8.
The video, which has not yet been authenticated, shows a cardboard sign with the date April 15, 2017, sitting on the lap of a thin-looking Fr. Tom, who appears with overgrown hair and a beard.