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Fr Frans with civilians in January 2014, three months before his death (CNS)

Fr Frans van der Lugt was killed in Homs last year

Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt chats to civilians in Homs, Syria (CNS)

A most annoying martyr

Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was shot dead by Islamists a year ago in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, was a man of unbelievable energy, stubbornness and courage

Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt who was killed in Syria in April (CNS)

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A boy pushes a pram past destroyed buildings in Homs (Photo: CNS)

News comes as thousands prepare to be evacuated during a pause in fighting

Balloons frame Pope Francis at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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Man walks along battered street in Homs, Syria

In a letter released by ACN, Father Frans van der Lugt wrote about the desperate situation in Homs