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Dutch Jesuit killed in Syria

Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt prays in besieged area of SyriaFather Van der Lugt worked in Syria since 1966, refused to abandon suffering civilians during conflict. April 07, 2014 02:55 EST By Catherine Harmon
Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt prays at the residence of the Jesuit fathers in the besieged area of Homs, Syria, Jan. 29. (CNS photo/Yazan Homsy, Reuters)

The Society of Jesus’ Middle East province has reported that Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt was shot and killed in the Syrian city of Homs. From the Associated Press:

The 75-year-old Van Der Lugt, an Arabic speaker, had lived in Syria for 50 years and refused to leave Homs even as hundreds of civilians were evacuated from rebel-held districts of Homs that have been besieged for more than a year by Assad’s forces. Van Der Lugt lived in the monastery in one of those neighborhoods, Bustan al-Diwan.