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

A grassroots campaign is under way in the US to fight the oppression of religious minorities

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