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Faith, kindness of slain U.S. journalist recalled at Mass

ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Close to 1,000 of slain journalist James Foley's closest friends and family gathered at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Rochester, N.H., for a memorial Mass to celebrate the life of a man who was killed by Syrian extremists on Aug. 19, but whose legacy lives on.
Foley was captured in northwest Syria, along with British journalist John Cantlie, in November 2012 by Islamist militants. For two years, the family prayed for his safe return.

Pope consoles family of slain U.S. journalist James Foley

VATICAN CITY — 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.

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

Faith, prayer sources of strength for slain U.S. journalist, his family

American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in November 2012 in Idlib, Syria, is pictured in an undated photo. Foley, a freelance war correspondent from New Hampshire and a Marquette University alum, was killed at the hands of the Islamic State militant group.

ROCHESTER, N.H. — In April 2013, the parents of slain U.S. journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria.

Before Diane and John Foley had confirmation that spring that their son was missing, Diane said she just felt it -- he had missed one of his usual phone calls home -- and once they knew for sure, the couple said they were relying on their Catholic faith to cope and leaning on prayer to bring him home.

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