Posts Tagged ‘Frans Van Der Lugt’

New versions of martyrdom

Friday, April 11th, 2014

As I have mentioned in a previous posting, there are many different sorts of martyrdom–in the broad sense of bearing witness, at a high or ultimate cost, to an awkward truth or passionately embraced cause. Independence movements, environmental campaigns, investigative journalism, humanitarian missions to war zones. They all draw inspiration from sons and daughters who perished in Read more

Elderly Jesuit on mission of mercy killed in Syria

Friday, April 11th, 2014

A Dutch Jesuit priest who chose to stay in the beseiged city of Homs in Syria to care for its starving population has been shot dead. Fr Frans van der Lugt, a 75-year-old psychologist, had remained in the rebel-controlled Old City throughout a 600-day siege by government forces. He had been offered the chance to Read more