On Tuesday (September 12) Father Tom Uzhunnalil walked out of captivity in Yemen and headed to Oman, which had negotiated his release. He disembarked from a Royal Air Force of Oman plane unaided, but struggled as he made his way down the steps to the tarmac.
Salesian Father Thomas Uzhunnalil is blessed by Pope Francis during their meeting at the Santa Marta residence, at the Vatican, on Sept. 13, 2017. (AP)
Traditional Omani dress
Fr Tom has spoken to me from Vatican. He profusely thanked the Government of India especially the Prime Minister for efforts to rescue him.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) September 13, 2017