New Delhi, India, May 31, 2017 / 02:02 am
A member of India's Legislative Assembly is encouraging the Church to raise money for the release of kidnapped priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, claiming a need for concrete action beyond prayer.
Legislative member P.C. George expressed concern that prayer and words are the only action taken to release Fr. Tom, and said the terrorists only "want money."
"The Catholic Church should take initiative to raise the fund to pay as ransom to them," he said, according to Manorama on May 27.
The legislator said he would be willing to donate money, and suggested local churches set aside a particular collection to raise the money necessary for the freedom of priest, who was kidnapped last year by terrorists while serving the poor in Yemen.