» 02/05/2014, 00.00
Jesuit priest says people in Homs are starving
Despite the war, Fr Frans Van der Lugt never left Homs. Attacked by both regime and rebel forces, the Jesuit monastery where he lives has been open to everyone, Christian or Muslim. He is the last priest left with the city's last 66 faithful. After more than a year ago of siege, residents are going mad and dying. Both regime and rebels must build trust and work together.
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'.
Fr Frans van der Lugt died in Syria, for Syria
A memorial Mass is celebrated in Beirut for the priest killed in Homs. In a message from the superior of Jesuits, Fr Frans is remembered as "a man of reconciliation between generations, between communities, between Christians and Muslims, between cultural and political tendencies."
08/04/2014 SYRIA - INDIA - EGYPT
For Indian Jesuit, the murder of Fr Frans is a loss for Muslims in Syria
Fr Bimal Kerketta, a priest who runs a school in Minya (Egypt) tells AsiaNews about his friendship with the Jesuit clergyman killed yesterday in Homs. "He was killed in the monastery garden," a fellow Jesuit in Homs says.
As rebels leave Homs, opposition calls for more US weapons
After nearly two years of siege, a deal brokered by Iran and the UN brings relief to rebels and residents prostrated by hunger and lack of medicines. In Washington, a Syrian opposition leader wants "effective weapons," slams next month's elections, held "on the dead bodies of Syrians".
As an agreement ends the siege of Homs, hunger becomes a new weapon of war
After nearly two years of siege, rebels will be able to leave the city, allowing in aid and care for civilians and the wounded. In exchange, two pro-regime Shia villages will get aid. UN accuses parties of not allowing humanitarian aid. Massive aid is needed for internally displaced and refugees in region's host countries.
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