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Mass held to remember slain journalist James Foley

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ROCHESTER, N.H. (WHDH) - Friends, family, and strangers packed Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Rochester, N.H. to honor the life of slain journalist Jim Foley.

"We should honor him, the whole country should honor him," said Peggy Furbush, who attended the Mass.

It was called a Holy Mass of healing, hope, and for peace. The Mass in his honor spoke of his work overseas as a journalist.

"I have nothing but the utmost respect  for civilians that are in that are in these areas doing the kind of job that Jim did and bringing us the story," said Gary Domian.

Foley's parents sat near the front of the church and even issued remarks towards the end of the service.

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan also attended.

"He stood up for American values around the world, he brought voice to the voiceless," she said.

Most who came said they felt compelled to attend.

"We had to be here just out of respect, to honor him." Richard Leavitt.

"His example of incredible bravery right up to the last minute of his life is awe inspiring," said Phil Balboni, the CEO of GlobalPost, the organization Foley was working for.

To honor a man who many in this town knew and who now know him as a hero.

A Roman Catholic bishop in New Hampshire said Foley was living his faith by showing the world images of people affected by war.

Bishop Peter Libasci spoke Sunday at a Mass of Remembrance in Foley's hometown of Rochester. The bishop said even after Foley was captured for the first time in Libya in 2011, "he went back again that we might open our eyes."

The Mass was attended by Foley's parents and hundreds of others.

Foley was kidnapped on Thanksgiving Day 2012 while covering the Syrian uprising. The Islamic State posted a Web video Tuesday showing his killing and said it was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.

Funeral services will be held for Foley in October.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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