Jesuit Father Alex Bassili, socius to the Provincial of the Jesuits in Middle East Province, reported earlier today, Monday, April 7, 2014, at about 8 am, Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt was been abducted by armed men, who beat him and then murdered with two bullets in the head, in front of the Jesuit residence in Homs, Syria.
Father Frans van der Lugt (April 10, 1938-April 7, 2014) was born in the Netherlands and entered the Society of Jesus in 1959.
He was missioned to Syria for the last 50 years working in education as a psychologist and in a project for handicapped people. With the Syrian civil war Father wanted to remain with the local population in the Centre of Homs as a man of peace.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace pray for Father Frans van der Lugt.
Saint Ignatiius, pray for us.
Father Malone speaks about his vocation, his work as the Editor-in-Chief of America magazine –and its remaking, Jesus Christ, the missionary dimension of the Jesuits, Ignatian spirituality, ecclesiology, theological discourse, Truth, and much more.
As Malone rightly says, the Jesuits at America House have a Catholic ministry that bears witness to the Catholic faith published a magazine (since 1909) and a website.
Watch the Malone interview here.
In light of the recent papal election, the Society of Jesus is now in great view to explain the world to the Church and the Church to the world. Rosica draws our awareness of what the Jesuits are meant to be, and how they are
The Reuters news agency, and several other agencies are reporting, though not the Holy See as yet, that Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in Syria killed Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, 59, who was kidnapped on 29 July. But there is NO definitive evidence this news is certain.
What we do know is that Pope Francis mentioned his name at Mass on the feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola on 31 July.
For the past 30 thirty years Father Dall’Oglio has been leading a religious and cultural life at the Monastery of Saint Moses (Deir Mar Musa). The Monastery and its community was known to be an interfaith center devoted to Muslim-Christian friendship. Rebuilding this 6th century but abandoned monastery was Father’s and his small community’s attempt at preserving Syrian Christian establishments. One of the stunning pieces of Syrian religious patrimony Dall’Oglio preserved was an 11th century fresco of the Last Judgment.
Father Dall’Oglio was ordained as a Syrian Catholic priest; he spoke Arabic and studied Islamic theology and philosophy. His doctoral studies and writing at the Gregorian University concentrated on the virtue of hope in Islam.
Father was expelled from Syria in 2012, though he would sneak back into the country from time-to-time.
More recently his voice has been heard in calling for the deposition of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and some Islamist rebel groups.