Alfie Evans granted Italian citizenship (BBC) Alfie Evans has reportedly been granted Italian citizenship, paving the way for the child’s transfer to Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome, where administrators have promised to provide him with care. The Italian foreign ministry issued a statement saying that it hoped for an “immediate transfer” after a British court ruled that care should be suspended in a Liverpool hospital, and the boy allowed to die, despite his parents’ wishes to continue treatment. The surprise move granting Italian citizenship was reported prompted by the intercession of Pope Francis.
Chilean abuse witness to meet with Pope this week (AP) Juan Carlos Cruz, who wrote to Pope Francis in 2015 testifying about clerical abuse in Chile, is in Rome this week to meet with the Pontiff. Cruz told AP that he wants to know why the Pope did not respond to warnings, saying that “it’s really difficult to understand that this was an unknown.”