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Pope Francis: I'm In 'Profound Pain' Over Priest's Syria Slaying

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April 09, 2014 AT 5:58 AM
Pope Francis spoke of his deep grief over the assassination of a 75-year-old Jesuit priest in Syria on Wednesday and made a renewed appeal for an end to the violence. Frans van der Lugt had been living in Syria since the 1970s and had become widely known for his refusal to leave Christians who remained in the rebel-held city of Homs as it was blockaded by government forces. He was beaten and shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his monastery on Monday.