Pope calls family of American journalist killed by Muslims

I wonder how many Imams have called the Foley family to express sorrow and to distance themselves from the Caliphate?


Pope Francis Calls Parents of James Foley

Pope Francis has called the parents of James Foley, the American journalist who was killed by the Islamic State (ISIS).

In an email to ZENIT, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed that the Holy Father telephoned John and Diane Foley. Although no details were given as to what was said in the conversation, Fr. Lombardi confirmed that the “call took place [on Thursday] evening.

The world was horrified as a video surfaced of the journalist’s beheading at the hands of a terrorist from the Islamic State. According to the video, the murder was in retaliation to recent military action taken against ISIS.

ISIS currently has one known journalist, Steven Sotloff, still hostage and have threatened to murder him depending on US President Barack Obama’s next move.

During a press conference on his return flight from South Korea, Pope Francis emphasized that while an unjust aggressor, like ISIS, must be stopped, it must take a united effort among nations.

“One nation alone cannot judge how to stop an unjust aggressor,” he said. “After the Second World War there was the idea of the United Nations. It is there that this should be discussed. Is there an unjust aggressor? It would seem there is. How do we stop him? Only that, nothing more.”

Prayers are needed.

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  1. Iacobus M says:

    How many Imams have called the Foley Family? How about how many have even expressed public disapproval? I don’t see how any sort of dialogue with Islam is possible if there’s nobody willing or able to offer any alternative to the endless butchery of “jihad”.

  2. YoungLatinMassGuy says:

    I like this Pope.

    Sadly, there are still at least 20 westerners, in addition to all the other Christians and other non-Muslims who are suffering under isis that still need our prayers (and action).

  3. Netmilsmom says:

    I may not be the biggest fan of Pope Francis, but this was beautiful.
    Thank you Holy Father!

  4. Geoffrey says:

    The Holy Father making a phone call like this brings to my mind the famous moment of when Venerable Pius XII went out to meet the people of Rome after a U.S. bombing.


  5. BillyHW says:

    I wonder if the pope still thinks that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”

  6. Traductora says:

    This was a very nice thing to read. I think the Pope – whose sometimes naive or even soft-leftist attitudes are in many ways simply a product of his 1970s-80s formative years – is having a little trouble adjusting to the fact that “all we are saying is give peace a chance” simply doesn’t work with a certain ideology. He’s been very forthright lately in calling for what has obviously got to be military assistance from the secular powers, although I’m sure it’s difficult for him to to do this. At least he’s willing to be realistic.

    And calling Foley’s family was certainly a wonderful thing to do.

  7. EFOF91 says:

    New York City
    New York Manhattan
    Cuidad de Nueva York

    We will remember James Foley and all the Faithful departed at Mass and the Prayer Rally.

    There will be a Prayer Vigil Rally for Peace at Herald Square (34th Street and Broadway) on Friday, August 22 and Friday, September 12 to pray for Persecuted Christians and Minorities in Iraq, Syria and around the World. We will meet after the 6 PM Mass at Holy Innocents Church (37th Street and Broadway) and March for Peace to Herald Square. All are Welcome.

    Sera Un Vigilia para la Paz este Viernes, 22 de Agosto y Viernes, 12 de Septiembre en Herald Square (Calle Oeste 34 y Broadway) en la Tarde (aproximo 730 – 900). Ofrecemos nuestros oraciones por el martires cristianos catolicos en Iraq, Syria y el todo el mundo. Todos Bienvenidos. Santa Misa Solemne en la Iglesia de los Santos Innocentes (Calle Oeste 37 y Broadway) a 6 PM en la noche. Todos Bienvenidos.

    Facebook Event Page
    Pagina del Misa y Oraciones


  8. Priam1184 says:

    Nice move Holy Father. Thank you.

  9. Traductora says:

    EFOF91 – Nice. And I’m glad it’s in Spanish, too. I’m in Spain right now, and everybody here is wondering what’s going on with the US.

    I don’t live in NY now but I spent most of my life there and go back often, and I haven’t been happy with Cdl Dolan. But if he’s permitting this, I am hoping that maybe he has seen the light too.

  10. Rich Leonardi says:

    “One nation alone cannot judge how to stop an unjust aggressor,” he said.

    The Church doesn’t teach that.

    Regardless, Pope Francis made a very kind gesture. Kudos to him.

  11. aviva meriam says:

    Thank you Holy Father.

    From what I read, James Foley was a serious Catholic who comforted fellow captives with prayer (the rosary) and encouragement. He also worked hard to help free others . He, his family and the other western captives will remain in my prayers.

  12. MouseTemplar says:

    If Mr. Foley was indeed a serious Catholic, perhaps that is one of the reasons he was chosen from among the captives for execution. Like a martyr. Perhaps this man is a saint like his namesake, who was also beheaded.

  13. Supertradmum says:

    Someone who was “reading” the video said Mr. Foley was saying the rosary at the time of his murder. The Pope called him a “martyr”. Maybe, Pope Francis will give out plenary indulgences for stopping these people, like previous Popes.

  14. StarOfTheSea47 says:

    MouseTemplar: Perhaps someone else was chosen and he volunteered himself, sacrificing his own life so another could live.

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