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Homs: Fr Frans Van of the Lugt, who fed Christians and Muslims, is killed
The reasons for the attack remain unclear. Some sources told AsiaNews that the priest was involved in mediation between the rebels and the army to save the local population, tried by starvation and constant shelling.
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
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