Pope Francis has renewed his appeal for the liberation of people around the world trapped in conflict zones, asking on Sunday especially for the release of a Salesian priest who was abducted in Yemen more than a month ago. After his weekly prayer with crowds in St. Peter’s Square, the pontiff remembered Indian priest Tom Uzhunnalil who was kidnapped in Aden, Yemen on March 4 by militants who had murdered four sisters of Mother Teresa’s order. “In the hope given to us by the risen Christ, I renew my appeal for the liberation of persons trapped in armed conflict zones,” said Francis. “In particular, I desire to remember the Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil, kidnapped in Aden, Yemen on March 4.” Uzhunnalil was kidnapped during an attack on a convent and nursing home run by the Missionaries of Charity, which resulted in the deaths of the four sisters and about twelve others. The pope was speaking after praying the Regina Caeli prayer with pilgrims in the Square.
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