Catholic Mass remembers James Foley

Many will remember Foley as a brave journalist

FILE - This file photo posted on the website freejamesfoley.org shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria, in July, 2012.In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP Photo/freejamesfoley.org, Nicole Tung, File)
FILE - This file photo posted on the website freejamesfoley.org shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria, in July, 2012.In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP Photo/freejamesfoley.org, Nicole Tung, File)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – On Sunday, a Catholic mass was held in Foley’s hometown in New Hampshire. Foley was a graduate student at UMass in Amherst.

During the mass, the bishop read a message from the Vatican with personal condolences from Pope Francis. Foley was beheaded by Islamic State militants.

Earlier this week we spoke with Noy Holland, a UMass professor who taught Foley. She called him a hero, saying, “He has a kind of goofy sense of humor. Was exuberant and a very compassionate and involved person. I think people who do what they believe they should do and act on their beliefs and their convictions and have sympathy for other people are heroes and so yes. I would call him a hero.”

She said he’ll be remembered by those who knew him as a brave journalist who shed light on the conflict and politics of places a world away.

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