Pope Francis Calls the Family of Slain Journalist Jim Foley

The “cold-call pope” has once again reached out to someone facing a difficult time in their life. This time it was to the family of slain journalist Jim Foley.

Catholic News Service reports:

Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the pope phoned relatives of the late James Foley on Aug. 21 to console them for their loss and assure them of his prayers.

According to Fr. Jim Martin (from a Vatican official), the family was “deeply moved by and grateful for” Pope Francis’ gesture.