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Cardinal John Patrick Foley, for decades regarded as the patriarch of the American Catholic press, was a Catholic communicator who employed multiple communication platforms. He brought the news of the Catholic Church to the American public to help them understand the Church.
Admired for his media expertise, Cardinal Foley served as the assistant editor and Vatican correspondent for Philadelphia’s archdiocesan newspaper, and was its editor-in-chief from 1970 to 1984. He also co-produced and co-hosted the “Philadelphia Catholic Hour’’ on WFIL radio.
Cardinal Foley’s voice was known to millions throughout the world as the English language narrator on broadcasts of the pope’s midnight Christmas Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Cardinal Foley expanded the Church’s use of the electronic news media as president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. His life continues to set a standard for Catholic journalists to follow.