Pope Francis said the assassination of "my confrere" Jesuit Fr. Frans van der Lugt, a 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit in Syria, "filled me with deep sadness."
Frans van der Lugt
Syrians fleeing to neighboring Jordan from the besieged central city of Homs said some people there are starving to death for lack of food.
"People are dying of hunger especially, babies and young children," said Um Mohamed, the mother of four children, who fled with her family to this northern Jordanian town in mid-2013 after her son was hit in the chest with shrapnel from an exploding bomb.
"There is no milk, no basics are available," she said, citing phone conversations with family members stuck in Homs.