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Slain journalist's family comforted by parish priest in New Hampshire

Catholic World News - August 20, 2014

A Catholic priest in Rochester, New Hampshire, visited the family of American journalist James Foley after Islamic militants posted a video that apparently showed his beheading.

Father Paul Gousse of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary church declined to speak with reporters after visiting with Foley’s parents, who are active parishioners. The journalist’s mother, Diane Foley, posted a Facebook message pleading with Islamic kidnappers to spare another hostage. “We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us,” she wrote.

James Foley was seized by forces of the Islamic State in Syria last November. He had been held captive previously in Libya in 2011, but was released on that occasion after 45 days. Foley wrote about that experience in the alumni magazine of Marquette University, his alma mater, recalling how he had prayed the Rosary during his captivity.

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Aug. 20, 2014 8:05 PM ET USA

    This sounds very much like a martyrdom, even if it is never officially acknowledged as such. May he rest in peace and may the Virgin Mary and her Son comfort the Foleys.

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