Father Uzhunnalil said terrorists are created by community and if the communities can be forgiving, there will be peace.
He was speaking here last night on the sidelines of Mother Teresa Awards, of which he was one of the recipients.
He said freedom is not just doing whatever one wants to do. "It is doing the right thing at the right time and the right place."
"Freedom to love and forgive and prayer will lead us to true peace. Not war, not bullets, not rockets or guns, but the prayer is our greatest weapon. The Father of our Nation (Mahatma Gandhi) got us freedom not through bullets, but through satyagraha and prayers," he said.
The priest from Kerala was abducted in March 2016 by ISIS during a deadly attack on a care home run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in the port city of Aden in war-ravaged Yemen. He was rescued in September this year.
Father Uzhunnalil said he never felt terrorised in captivity.
The priest was honoured with the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for his extraordinary service at the care home of the Missionaries of Charity.
He said the need of the hour is to forgive and love one another.
"Avoid situations that will instigate people to revolt in life. Terrorists are created by community, if the communities can be forgiving there will be peace," he said.
Actor Priyanka Chopra and various organisations who have worked relentlessly in helping refugees with food, shelter, education and other essentials of life, were also presented the award at the function.
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