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Father Tom, Kerala Priest Rescued From ISIS, Meets PM Modi in Delhi

Father Tom was abducted in March 2016 by ISIS which attacked an old-age home, run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, in southern Yemeni city of Aden. At least 15 people at the home were killed in the attack.

Deepa Rana | CNN-News18

Updated:September 28, 2017, 1:36 PM IST
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Father Tom, Kerala Priest Rescued From ISIS, Meets PM Modi in Delhi
Father Tom arrived in New Delhi on Thursday morning and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (CNN-News18 photo)
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New Delhi: Kerala priest Tom Uzhunnalil, who was rescued from the captivity of Islamic State earlier this month, arrived in Delhi on Thursday morning and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi later.

Father Tom thanked PM Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for their support. “I have thanked them for whatever they have done to make this day possible,” he said.

Father Tom was abducted in March 2016 by ISIS which attacked an old-age home, run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, in southern Yemeni city of Aden. At least 15 people at the home were killed in the attack.

He is expected to meet President Ram Nath Kovind, too, in the national capital on Thursday.

Father Tom had, in a first video message released on September 12, said he was "happy, strong in mind and soul" though he needed to recuperate.

"I am sure God will put me back to whatever mission he wants...He has a purpose in our life," the Salesian priest is heard saying in the message from the Vatican, where he is recovering after being freed.

What he went through definitely had a purpose, he said, adding that God had answered all the prayers and love that people conferred on him.

"I have been happy, strong in mind and soul. Still I need a little more recuperation from my physical weaknesses...No major illness, other than my diabetes," he said.

Father Uzhunnalil, who belongs to Bharananganam in Pala in Kottayam, was abducted from the port city of Aden after the terror group attacked a care home run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

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| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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