Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Saturday 04 February |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Rabanus Maurus
Aleteia logo
separateurCreated with Sketch.

Pope Francis Speaks with Family of Slain Journalist Jim Foley

Contemplative Pope Francis

Catholic Church England

Aleteia - published on 08/21/14 - updated on 06/08/17

Still feeling the pain of his own loss, the Bishop of Rome calls New Hampshire family.

You can get Aleteia inspiration and news in your inbox. Our specially curated newsletter is sent each morning. The best part? It's free.

Sign up here

Still grieving a tragic loss in his own family, Pope Francis has reached out to the family of James Foley, the U.S. journalist whose beheading by Islamist militants was depicted in a gruesome online video

The Pope called the Rochester, N.H., family to console them for their loss and assure them of his prayers, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman said Thursday.

He said Foley’s family was "deeply moved and grateful" for the Pope’s gesture.

Foley graduated in 1996 from Marquette, a Jesuit university. He said that during the first time he was kidnapped in 2011 by Qaddafi loyalists in the midst of the Libyan civil war, he came to appreciate praying the Rosary. 

According to Catholic News Service, 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.

Islamist MilitantsPope Francis
Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here. It's Free!