On the morning of April 7, 2014, Dutch Jesuit Fr Frans Van der Lugt was beaten by armed men and killed with two bullets to the head in Syria. Fr Frans had worked in Syria since 1966 and, despite the dangers, insisted on remaining in the city of Homs in solidarity with the people who could not leave the city. "I don't see Muslims or Christians,” he said a couple of months before his death. “I see, above all, human beings.”
Fr Frans worked hard to bring Syrians of different backgrounds together and encourage dialogue between them; his favourite word had been "forward."