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Mass to be held in remembrance of slain NH journalist James Foley

ROCHESTER – A mass in remembrance of journalist James Foley has been scheduled for Sunday in Rochester, New Hampshire.

The Foley family said a Holy Mass of “Healing, Hope and for Peace” is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary on 189 North Main St. ...

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ROCHESTER – A mass in remembrance of journalist James Foley has been scheduled for Sunday in Rochester, New Hampshire.

The Foley family said a Holy Mass of “Healing, Hope and for Peace” is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary on 189 North Main St.

A memorial Mass will be held at the church for Foley on Oct. 18, on what would have been his 41st birthday.

Foley went missing in northern Syria in November 2012 while freelancing for Agence France-Presse and the Boston-based news organization GlobalPost. The car he was riding in was stopped by four militants in a contested battle zone that both Sunni rebel fighters and government forces were trying to control. He had not been heard from since.

Employer GlobalPost had spent millions of dollars on efforts to bring him home, CEO Philip Balboni said. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq.

Foley was one of at least four Americans still being held in Syria – three of whom officials said were kidnapped by the Islamic State. The fourth, freelance journalist Austin Tice, disappeared in Syria in August 2012 and is believed to be in the custody of government forces in Syria.

The Islamic State video of Foley’s beheading also showed another of the missing American journalists, Steven Sotloff, and warned he would be the next killed if U.S. airstrikes continued. U.S. officials believe the video was made days before its Tuesday release, perhaps last weekend, and have grown increasingly worried about Sotloff’s fate.

Didier Francois, a longtime reporter for Europe-1 radio, was held hostage for eight months with Foley in Syria and was among four French journalists released in April. He called Foley “an extraordinary guy, a superb journalist” in comments carried on Europe-1’s website.

Foley’s dad, John Foley, called his son a hero Wednesday for shining a light on stories of oppressed people and said that outweighed the danger he faced.

“Yes, there was a war,” he said. “Yes, there was conflict, but there are people involved. And there are feelings involved and there are sacrifices involved and he felt that was worth sharing. And I couldn’t agree more.”