Britain's Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a mother and father who want to take their terminally ill toddler to the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital for treatment.
Speaking during his general audience, the Pope called for prayers for Alfie and for the respect of all human lives.
The bishops of England and Wales have also called for Alfie’s family to be accompanied in their suffering. In a statement, the bishops affirmed the “professionalism and care for severely ill children shown at Alder Hey Hospital”.
Meanwhile, Bishop Francesco Cavina of Carpi, who informs the Holy See and coordinates relations between the Evans family and the Bambino Gesù Hospital, has asked Catholics to join in prayer.
In a post on social media, Bishop Cavina said “Only the power of prayer is able to melt hearts and crumble walls that now appear insurmountable”.