Jordanians hope death of pilot, U.S. aid worker, can still yield good

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February 11, 2015

Aunt of Kayla Mueller grieves at  news conference in Arizona

Lori Lyon, an aunt of Kayla Mueller, covers her face after telling a news conference in Prescott, Ariz., Feb. 10 that her niece had been killed by Islamic State militants. (CNS photo/ Nancy Wiechec, Reuters)

AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — As Jordan steps up airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria to avenge the murder of its pilot, Catholic and other leaders are hoping that the tragedy can still yield good for the future.

Islamic State killed First Lt. Muath al-Kasasbeh in early January, but the video showing his death by immolation was released online in early February, triggering a wave of anger in Jordan and the world.

“This ordeal for the family of the young pilot and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan reminds us how the fight against any fundamentalist force is necessary and urgent,” said Archbishop Fouad Twal, the Jordanian-born Latin patriarch of Jerusalem.

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