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Cardinal Foley‘s Life Of Work

2009-04-02

Cardinal John Patrick Foley
I’ve been blessed all my life with interesting work. As long as you know that your doing God’s will, as far as you can discern because you’re being obedient to your superiors, in this case the vicar of God himself, I’m a very happy priest.


As grand master of the Order, he says they have a particular interest in protecting Christianity in the Holy Land, because, as he sees it, Christianity today is threatened in its own homeland.

Cardinal John Patrick Foley
Our suffering brothers and sisters in the holy land, they are suffering from discrimination, lack of opportunity in education, employment, housing. They are made to feel uncomfortable. What we want to do is give them the possibility of remaining and flourishing in the land where their ancestors have lived for at least 2000 years.

Foley was president of the Pontifical Council for Social Relations before becoming cardinal, a post he held since 1984. And though it didn’t come as a complete surprise, Foley says there’s a lot more to being a cardinal than he once thought.


Card. John Patrick Foley
Grand Master, Order of the Holy Sepulchre

I must say, it’s been a whirlwind. I thought it would be much more tranquil but it isn’t. It’s very busy.

Foley’s many years of work in Rome have left him fond memories. Like when he traveled with John Paul II to the White House three decades ago.

Card. John Patrick Foley
The military aid took my name and introduced me to President Carter and said ‘Holy Father, this is monsignor Foley,’ and the Pope said, ‘ I know, he’s with me.’


The Cardinal says he’s been blessed for having worked with two popes and has gotten to know both of their styles intimately.

Card. John Patrick Foley
He’s very clear, and he has a rich message but it’s easy to understand. So, perhaps, he’s in that case more of the teacher and John Paul II was more of the presenter. But both excellent people. So it shows that God can work through different instruments and both can be very good in their own way.

What’s clear is that Cardinal Foley shows no signs of slowing down, and is happy carrying on his work on both inside the church and out.

 
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