- Apr 16, 2021
The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard have decided to end their legal battle to save their baby’s life. Their decision came after an American neurologist told them that it was too late to try an experimental treatment in the United States. The child’s plight drew attention from both Pope Francis and President Donald Trump.
John Paul Morrison, the director of education for the Archdiocese of Westminster, said he was “very proud” of the response to the tragedy of the Catholic Church “at every level.” Speaking about the response, he said, “It was good to see all elements of the church’s mission come together to address what is an incredibly said but also an incredibly complex situation.”
Following a devastating fire in west London’s Grenfell Tower that has left at least 30 people dead, Pope Francis on Saturday expressed “sadness” over “the tragic loss of life and injury.” The telegram, released by the Vatican Press Office, was addressed to Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster and signed by Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State.
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, joined Pope Francis in expressing sorrow and solidarity with the victims of the latest terrorist attacks in London the night of June 3.
Pope Francis added prayers for the victims of last night’s terror attacks in London at the end of Sunday’s Pentecost Mass. “May He heal the wounds of war and of terrorism, which even this (Saturday) night, in London, struck innocent civilians: let us pray for the victims and their families.”
Several prayer services took place on Thursday in the Houses of Parliament in London, a day after a terrorist killed three people in an attack near the complex. The Catholic chaplain said “Westminster Parliament is like a village and, when something like this happens, everyone comes together.”
Austen Ivereigh says the people of London will be resilient in the face of another terrorist attack. He is confident they will respond by getting up, dusting off, mourning the dead and then getting on with their jobs.
Although African Catholic leaders gathered in Rome expressed immediate solidarity and revulsion over yesterday’s London terror attack, several also wondered why the world, including the global media, doesn’t express similar outrage over violence on their continent.