Memory Eternal: The Dutch Roman Catholic Jesuit priest Fr. Frans Van Der Lugt has been killed by the terrorists in Homs old city. He and a small group (aprox 80 people) of the local Christians community had resided at the Jesuit Monastery in al-Hamidiya, in the old city, throughout most of the conflict. This small community at the Jesuit monastery was all that remained of the 80,000 plus Christians who had resided in the old city but were forced out by rebel terrorist groups like the Brigade Farouq. Some weeks ago there was a report that rebels had held the priest for several hours and beaten him because of an on camera statement he had made with which they did not agree, a recent photo showed him to be recovering from a facial injury. He had lived and worked in Syria for many decades. He died of a gunshot wound on 07/04/2014.
WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO
A video showing the full extent of Fr. Frans' fatal injuries can be seen here.
Update: Article from the Lebanese secular daily newspaper Al Akhbar
Vatican expresses outrage over Dutch priest's killing in Syria: The Vatican on Monday voiced outrage over the killing of Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt in Syria's central city of Homs, saying he had been "a man of peace." Read full article here
Extract from an article from the BricksPost
In a letter published in January 2012 on the Dutch-Flemish Mediawerkgroep Syrië website, Father Frans wrote: "From the start, the protest movements were not purely peaceful.
From the start I saw armed demonstrators marching along in the protests, who began to shoot at the police first. Very often the violence of the security forces has been a reaction to the brutal
violence of the armed rebels." Read the article here