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Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP)

Astonishingly, the Russian Orthodox Church has backed Putin’s bombing campaign

'The negotiations involved Iran and what is often referred to as the P5+1 group' (PA)

Sanctions will be lifted in exchange for an agreement by Iran to restrict its nuclear programme

An international inspector checks an uranium enrichment plant in Iran last year (CNS)

Bishop Oscar Cantu says framework is a milestone in the negotiations to curb ‘unacceptable prospect of Iran developing nuclear weapons’

Pope Francis speaks before delivering the Urbi et Orbi blessing (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

‘Love has triumphed over hatred,’ says Holy Father, ‘life has conquered death’

File photo of Pope John Paul II's 1998 visit to Cuba

The Holy See has ended a historic quarrel and promoted world peace

Hundreds of people left flowers at a makeshift memorial in Sydney (PA)

Archbishop Fisher speaks at memorial service after two hostages killed in deadly end to Sydney siege

U.S. Bishops visited Iran in March to promote peace and dialogue (CNS photo/courtesy Stephen M. Colecchi)

Joint declaration affirms ‘common commitment to peaceful coexistence and mutual respect’

Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar of India was kidnapped on Monday (CNS)

Father Alexis Prem Kumar was reportedly abducted by a group of unidentified men

The religious leaders meet at the Ayatollah Marashi Najafi Library in Qom, Iran, in March (CNS/ Stephen M Colecchi)

Ongoing dialogue planned to discuss role of faith leaders in influencing issue of Iran’s nuclear programme

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto (AP)

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