Pope Francis waves from the pope-mobile during his inauguration Mass at St. Peter's Square on Tuesday (March 19) at the Vatican. World leaders flew in for Pope Francis' inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square on Tuesday where Latin America's first pontiff will receive the formal symbols of papal power.  RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

Pope pens personal message to Muslims at Ramadan’s end

(RNS) While it is a long-established Vatican practice to send messages to the world’s religious leaders on their major holy days, those greetings are usually signed by the Vatican’s department for interfaith dialogue. This time, Pope Francis personally extended his greetings ahead of Eid al-Fitr, the conclusion of Ramadan.

The Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio, a prominent Italian Jesuit who is an outspoken supporter of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has gone missing in Syria on Monday (July 29), fueling speculations that he has been kidnapped by an Islamist group. Photo courtesy Paolo Dall'Oglio's Facebook page

Jesuit priest likely kidnapped in Syria

(RNS) The Rev. Paolo Dall’Oglio, 58, lived for three decades in Syria, where he established an ecumenical community at Mar Musa on the site of an early Christian monastery, engaging in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and forging close ties with the local population.