Pope calls family of slain US journalist
Publish Date: Aug 22, 2014
Pope calls family of slain US journalist
Pope Francis called the family of James Foley to offer his condolences. (AFP)
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WASHINGTON - Pope Francis called the family of slain US journalist James Foley on Thursday to offer his condolences, a Catholic priest close to the family said.

The gruesome video of Foley's beheading, released Tuesday by the Islamic State, a jihadist group operating in Iraq and Syria, has caused worldwide revulsion and outrage.

"Pope Francis phoned the family of #JamesFoley this afternoon at their residence in New Hampshire. The family was 'moved and grateful,'" Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, wrote on Twitter.

Foley was apparently beheaded by IS militants in a video released Tuesday. (Youtube)

A Vatican official "gave me permission to share the news. May #JamesFoley rest in peace," Martin said.

He added in a third tweet: "The quote 'moved and grateful' came from the Vatican official."

Foley was reporting from Syria for GlobalPost and other news outlets including AFP when he was seized in November 2012.

In the nearly five-minute video of the beheading, the IS declares that Foley was condemned to die in retaliation for US President Barack Obama's ordering of air strikes against militant positions in northern Iraq.

Pope Francis on Monday called for collective action through the United Nations to "stop unjust aggression" in Iraq, where hundreds of thousands of people including many of the Christian minority have fled in the face of the rapid advance of the jihadists.

James Foley, shown in Aleppo, Syria, in November 2012. (AP)

John (C) and Diane Foley (L), parents of James Foley, listen to a panel discussion about the importance and dangers of reporting on world conflicts at a Free James Foley event on May 3, 2013 in Boston. (AFP/Getty Images)



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