‘No-one who knew Frans van der Lugt, the Dutch Jesuit priest murdered in Syria, was surprised by his refusal to leave the besieged city of Homs. He had spent almost 50 years in Syria and had been in Homs since the siege began more than two years ago’.
So writes Bethlehem-based writer Daniel Silas Adamson in his piece ‘Frans van der Lugt: A Dutch priest in Homs’, as published recently in the BBC News Magazine.
Reading about Fr. van der Lugt brings back memories of that wonderful film ‘Of Gods and Men‘. Centering on the true story of the monastery of Tibhirine, Algeria, where nine Cistercian monks lived in harmony with the largely Muslim population, until seven of them were kidnapped and assassinated in 1996, the film is a moving testament to courage and faith in adversity.
Adamson captures the essence of van der Lugt’s calling when he…
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