HOMS, Syria — A Jesuit priest who refused to leave his flock in the Syrian city of Homs was murdered by an unknown gunman April 7.
Father Frans van der Lugt, a native of the Netherlands, was caring for the fewer than 30 Christians who remain in the Old City district of Homs, which has been blockaded by the Syrian regime for nearly two years.
“Where people die, their faithful shepherds also die with them,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said April 7 in response to the death of Father van der Lugt.
Father Lombardi said the slain priest “died as a man of peace” and acted “with great courage in an extremely dangerous and difficult situation.”
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