IMG_0604-1Pope honors Jesuit killed in Syria, pleads for end to violence

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said the assassination of “my confrere,” a 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit in Syria, “filled me with deep sadness and made me think again of all the people who suffer and are dying in that martyred country.”

Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt “arrived in Syria about 50 years ago” and “always did his best for everyone with graciousness and love, and so was loved and held in esteem by Christians and Muslims,” the pope said April 9 at the end of his weekly general audience.

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