The blood of the martyrs is the seed of Christians.
So wrote Tertullian at the end of the second century.
And so it is again today:
A Dutch [Jesuit] priest well known for refusing to leave the besieged Syrian city of Homs has been shot dead by a gunman.
Frans van der Lugt, who was in his 70s, had become a renowned figure in the rebel-held area that has been blockaded by government forces for nearly two years.
He had refused to be evacuated, saying he would not leave Homs while there were still Christians in the city.
The motive behind Fr van der Lugt’s killing is unclear.
He has not left me alone,
because I always do what is pleasing to him.”