A woman weeps at the grave of Father Frans van der Lugt, head of Jesuit Fathers monastery, at Bustan al-Diwan, a Christian part of old Homs City May 10, 2014.(REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri)
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In the devastated city of Homs, residents are flocking in pilgrimage to the grave of a murdered Dutch priest whose legendary kindness was a rare glimpse of humanity in the country's brutal war.Father Frans van der Lugt's final resting place is a quiet garden in the Jesuit monastery where he loved to relax, not far from the spot where the 75-year-old was shot dead by an unknown attacker. It has become a place of pilgrimage for residents who knew or heard of the priest who called Syria home for nearly five decades and was killed on April 7 . Even the youngsters of the area have indelible memories of the priest, who spent 50 years in Syria launching agricultural projects to help the poor and conducting prayers with Christians and Muslims.At the beginning of the siege of the Old City, van der Lugt welcomed a large number of displaced residents into the monastery, where they sheltered until most were evacuated under a deal in February.Neighbors discovered van der Lugt in a pool of blood, shot in the head.
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