Monday, August 25, 2014


This morning from Vatican Radio:

Pope sends letter of condolence to family of journalist James Foley

Mourners pack the Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Rochester, New Hampshire for a Mass in remembrance of American journalist James Foley

(Vatican Radio)  The Holy See’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolence on behalf of Pope Francis for the family of the U.S. journalist James Foley, brutally executed by Islamic State militants.  The message was read out Sunday at a memorial mass for Foley at the family’s Catholic parish, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Rochester, New Hampshire.  The letter, addressed to the Bishop of Rockeville Centre, William Francis Murphy, reads:
“The Holy Father, deeply saddened by the death of James Wright Foley, asks you kindly to convey his personal condolences and the assurance of his closeness in prayer to James’ loved ones.  He commends James to the loving mercy of God our Father, and joins all who mourn him in praying for an end to senseless violence and the dawn of reconciliation and peace among all the members of the human family.  Upon the Foley family, and upon his friends and colleagues, he invokes the consolation and strength borne of our hope in Christ’s Resurrection.”
The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed last week that Pope Francis had made a private phone call to James’ parents, Diane and John Foley, to personally express his condolences.
Foley, a 40 year old journalist, was covering the conflict in Syria when he was abducted two years ago. 


    John Nolan said...

    James Foley's alleged murderer has been identified as Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary who was living with his mother in a £1 million flat in London's Maida Vale (provided by the local authority) and existing on state handouts. His Egyptian-born father, Adel Abdul Bary is currently awaiting trial in New York on terrorism charges relating to the 1998 US embassy bombings in Africa. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and a possible contender for the leadership of the Tory Party, had this to say:

    'Young men such as this killer are famously told that if they die in "battle" they will be welcomed in heaven by the sexual ministrations of 72 virgins. Many of them believe it - even though scholars have suggested that the reference to "black-eyed virgins" is in fact a promise of 72 raisins. I suggest that most of us don't give a monkey's what happens to this prat in heaven, whether he meets virgins or raisins - we just want to someone to come along with a bunker buster and effect an introduction as soon as possible'.

    Johnson, who is the most popular politician in England by a considerable margin, has also called for armed intervention:

    'What is the point in having a defence budget if we don't at least try to prevent the establishment of a terrorist "caliphate" that is profoundly hostile to civilized values?'

    Given that the UK's defence budget is the third or fourth highest in the world, this is a fair comment.

    Anonymous said...

    This parish is in the Diocese of Manchester, not the Diocese of Rockville Center. FYI.

    Anonymous said...

    Hey keep bringing those Muslims into England and in 20 short years it will be a majority MUSLIM nation. The Church of England is dead and Islam is the fastest growing faith in the U.K. Just out last week was a report from the U.K. that the number one baby name was??? You guessed it Mohammed, Muhammed and Mohamed all three spellings. There will be no siege of Vienna this time around sheer birth rates will ensure the conquest of Europe as we now know it. Europe is finished and there is no getting rid of the Islamic onslaught!!

    John Nolan said...

    And you're next. The US of A will go down in history as the only Great Power strangled by political correctness, a shibboleth entirely of its own making.