VATICAN: Pope Phones Parents of Murdered American Journalist
VATICAN CITY, AUGUST, 22, 2014(CISA)- Pope Francis on Thursday August 21 called the parents of James Foley, the American journalist who was killed by the Islamic State (IS).
According to Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi, the Holy Father telephoned John and Diane Foley on Thursday evening, reported Zenit.
IS posted a video showing the beheading of Mr Foley by a militant and this left the world horrified. According to the video, the murder was in retaliation to recent military action taken against the group by US.
Another Journalist, Steven Sotloff is still held hostage by IS who have threatened to murder him depending on US President Barack Obama’s next move.
Elsewhere, the Pope met with his personal envoy to Iraq, Cardinal Fernando Filoni who returned to Rome on Wednesday August 20, after a mission in Iraq as the Pontiff’s personal envoy.
Cardinal Filoni who is prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples was on a week-long visit to Iraq, where he met suffering minorities in the war-torn nation with an aim of bringing the Pope’s concrete solidarity to the displaced Iraqis driven from their homes by violence.
He delivered the Pope message to the President of Iraq, Fuad Masum, making an appeal “to all the men and women who have political responsibilities,” to put an end to the brutal suffering towards religious minorities and “use all means to resolve the humanitarian crisis.”
“I appeal to you with a heart full of pain,” the Pope’s letter stated. “As I follow the brutal suffering of Christians and other religious minorities are forced to leave their homes, while their places of worship are destroyed.”
“I asked Cardinal Filoni to go to Iraq to express my concern, and that of the Catholic Church, for the suffering of those whose only desire is to live in peace, harmony and freedom in the land of their ancestors,” read the letter in part.