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Pope calls family of US journalist James Foley
cna ^ | August 21, 2014

Posted on 08/21/2014 2:25:43 PM PDT by NYer

Vatican City, Aug 21, 2014 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has reportedly called the family of U.S. journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS militants earlier this week.

According to NBC News, a Vatican spokesperson said Thursday that the Pope called Foley’s family, who was grateful and moved by the gesture.

On Aug. 19, the Islamic State (ISIS), a militant group that controls territory in Syria and Iraq, released a graphic video titled “A Message to America” which shows the beheading of Foley, who had gone missing in Syria in 2012. U.S. officials have now confirmed the authenticity of the video.

The insurgents said that Foley’s execution was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq. They warned that they have another missing American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff, in captivity, saying that his life depends on U.S. President Barack Obama’s actions.

Foley’s parents, John and Diane, have voiced gratitude for the prayers offered for their son and the entire family.

“We thank God for the gift of Jim. We are so, so proud of him,” said Diane Aug. 20 She added that they prayed to God for strength and were grateful that “God has given us so many prayers” throughout James’ captivity.

“It's not difficult to find solace in this point in time,” John stated. “We know he is in God's hands, and we know he’s done God’s work.”

“We need the courage and prayers now to continue without him.”


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach; Prayer
KEYWORDS: foley; iraq; jamesfoley; pope; popefrancis; romancatholicism

1 posted on 08/21/2014 2:25:43 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 08/21/2014 2:25:59 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: All
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the pope phoned relatives of the late James Foley on Aug. 21 to console them for their loss and assure them of his prayers.


(CNS/Paul Haring)

The call to the Foley family in Rochester, New Hampshire, came in the afternoon New Hampshire time. Father Lombardi released no additional details.

According to The Associated Press, U.S. officials confirmed a graphic video released Aug. 19 that showed Islamic State fighters beheading Foley, a 1996 graduate of Marquette University who had been a freelance journalist for the past several years, mostly in the world's trouble spots. In 2011, he was kidnapped on a Libyan battlefield and held captive in Tripoli for 45 days.

Sometime in late 2012, he went missing in Syria. The last time his family heard from him was before Thanksgiving that year.

The Islamic State militants said they killed Foley in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on their strongholds, and the group threatened to kill another U.S. hostage also shown in the video.

President Obama called Foley's parents, John and Diane Foley, Aug. 20 before addressing the nation about their son's death and told them: "We are all heartbroken."

When the president was making his televised remarks about James Foley's death, his parents spoke to reporters on the front yard of their home.

"We thank God for the gift of Jim. We are so, so proud of him," said Diane Foley.

She added that he was "a courageous, fearless journalist -- the best of America."

John Foley told reporters: "We think his strength came from God," and his wife interjected: "We know it did."

His father also described how their son not only wanted to humanize the wars he was covering but would also "take a bullet" for any of his colleagues.

"It's not difficult to find solace," his father added, saying he knows his son is "in God's hands."

He said it is now up to others to "pick up the gauntlet" and continue the work his son was doing.

3 posted on 08/21/2014 2:29:10 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

Pope calls family of US journalist James Foley and Obama goes Golfing


4 posted on 08/21/2014 2:29:23 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: NYer

Shouldn’t the Pope call them by their own names? That is a confusing headline.


5 posted on 08/21/2014 2:30:06 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: NYer

I’m sure the family appreciated the call. It has to be a nightmare for them.


6 posted on 08/21/2014 2:30:40 PM PDT by FR_addict
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To: NYer

Heartbroken for his parents. Will they get his body back from the savages?


7 posted on 08/21/2014 2:31:20 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert (She accomplished nothing: should have stayed at home and baked cookies)
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To: NYer
Pope called Foley’s family, who was grateful

WERE grateful.

I thought he didn't speak English?

Reading a few lines doesn't count.

8 posted on 08/21/2014 2:33:12 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: NYer

That was very nice. I do think, despite some disagreements, he’s a kind man.


9 posted on 08/21/2014 2:34:58 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: humblegunner

British English often uses “were”; American English often uses the single “was.”


10 posted on 08/21/2014 2:38:01 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

Yeah, as may be.
But what did brer Pope say on the phone?

He no espeakee the Engrish.


11 posted on 08/21/2014 2:41:03 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

There’s various videos where he speaks English.


12 posted on 08/21/2014 2:45:13 PM PDT by FR_addict
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To: FR_addict
There’s various videos where he speaks English.

Does he really?

Or does he just read it?

13 posted on 08/21/2014 2:51:17 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

And your point is?


14 posted on 08/21/2014 2:53:29 PM PDT by Scarlet7
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To: humblegunner

He only speaks a little English, but he can make himself understood.


15 posted on 08/21/2014 2:54:08 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Scarlet7
And your point is?

How do you really CALL someone when you don't speak their language?

What do you do, jabber in a language they don't understand?
Read a prepared script? Which is it?

16 posted on 08/21/2014 2:58:42 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

You’re smarter than that statement.


17 posted on 08/21/2014 3:03:46 PM PDT by Scarlet7
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To: Scarlet7

If I got a condolence call from someone speaking Russian,
it wouldn’t mean a damned thing to me. No espeakee.

So tell me.. did Mr. Pope speak English?


18 posted on 08/21/2014 3:10:55 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: NYer

**According to NBC News, a Vatican spokesperson said Thursday that the Pope called Foley’s family, who was grateful and moved by the gesture.**

This is typical Jesuit — caring about the little people in the world that are hurting.

God bless Pope Francis.


19 posted on 08/21/2014 3:19:38 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: humblegunner

Family —singular

families — plural


20 posted on 08/21/2014 3:20:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

Like. Don’t care for this pope but this was a wonderfully decent gesture.


21 posted on 08/21/2014 3:23:18 PM PDT by Wage Slave
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To: humblegunner

TRANSLATOR. God bless the Foley family.


22 posted on 08/21/2014 3:34:27 PM PDT by Scarlet7
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To: NYer

Wonderful gesture.


23 posted on 08/21/2014 4:08:18 PM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: NYer

And he still hasn’t found the sixty seconds necessary to call Cardinal Wuerl and remind him that giving Communion to Nancy Pelosi is a mortal sin.

(And Dolan, Gomez, Chaput, O’Malley...)


24 posted on 08/21/2014 4:13:27 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: humblegunner

He speaks English.


25 posted on 08/21/2014 4:14:29 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: humblegunner

He probably has interpreters - and it was a nice gesture - at least some of us think so.


26 posted on 08/21/2014 4:28:29 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Salvation

The bee bonnet crowd is out and buzzing about. Can’t even give the Pope a break on a lovely gesture!


27 posted on 08/21/2014 4:29:44 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

If it were my child - and i am in awe of the strength of these parents - I’d be comforted to have prayers from The Pope for my child. In any language.

I’d be a basket case if it were my son.


28 posted on 08/21/2014 4:59:25 PM PDT by mwl8787
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To: NYer

I am thankful for the Pope’s compassion.


29 posted on 08/21/2014 5:13:18 PM PDT by jch10 (WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THE COYOTE IN CHIEF?)
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To: mwl8787

The parents behavior is odd to me, sorry to say. I’d be under heavy medication. It reminds me of Chris Steven’s mother’s odd behavior.


30 posted on 08/21/2014 6:29:15 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: humblegunner
How do you really CALL someone when you don't speak their language?

It was a beautiful thing for His Holiness to do, but your comment sent scenarios spinning in my head.

Hello? What? I can't understand what you're saying. [ I don't know, he's speaking another language. I'll ask. ] Who is this?

31 posted on 08/21/2014 7:56:17 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: miss marmelstein

“I’d be under heavy medication.”


Maybe they are-—it could account for the odd behavior.

Or it could be just shock.

.


32 posted on 08/21/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT by Mears
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To: NYer

Ok, for the usual cynics and Catholic bashers, The Foleys were interviewed this morning on Today. The Pope spoke English to the parents (and talked about his own loss of family members) and spoke Spanish to one of the family’s in-laws.


33 posted on 08/22/2014 4:10:26 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: humblegunner; Scarlet7; Jeff Chandler
How do you really CALL someone when you don't speak their language?

Pope Francis was recently in Korea where he delivered several reflections in English. He was also able to ad lib in English but switched to Italian when he wanted to expand on a topic.

I speak French and Italian well enough to express my condolences to a grieving family. IOW, one need not be fluent in any language to comprehend the suffering of another and convey one's sympathy and prayers.

34 posted on 08/22/2014 5:28:45 AM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

I am not Catholic, and not very religious, but I think this is a very human gesture.

What was it that owe bama said to the parents?


35 posted on 08/22/2014 6:58:55 AM PDT by Rannug ("all enemies, foreign and domestic")
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To: NYer

Yes. Actions are the language of love. I’m sure whatever language he spoke conveyed his love to the Foley family be it English or not.


36 posted on 08/22/2014 10:25:28 AM PDT by Scarlet7
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