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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)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks down a street in Aleppo (AP)

Recommendations will be offered to those taking part in ‘Geneva 2′ peace talks

Ed West welcomes a new book that sheds light on the mysterious birth of the Islamic faith

Youcef Nadarkhani was given a death sentence for converting to Christianity

Spokesman for Bishops of England and Wales says Holy See officials are working through ‘diplomatic channels’