There was widespread international concern this week over the disappearance of a prominent Italian priest inside Syria. Father Paolo Dall’ Oglio lived in Syria for three decades and promoted interfaith dialogue at an ancient monastery there. The Syrian government exiled him last year because of his support for the opposition. Dall’Oglio had reportedly returned to help those affected by the fighting. Some sources said he was kidnapped by an Islamist group. The Vatican was unable to immediately confirm those reports.