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Cardinal Nichols: statement on death of Charlie Gard

Undated photo of sick 11-month old baby Charlie Gard at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Charlie Gard died on July 28th, 2017. - AP

Undated photo of sick 11-month old baby Charlie Gard at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Charlie Gard died on July 28th, 2017. - AP

29/07/2017 12:45

(Vatican Radio) The Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has issued a statement following news of the death of Charlie Gard, the young child afflicted with a  rare genetic disorder, who was at the centre of a highly publicized dispute in the British court system.

Cardinal Nichols says he is, “deeply saddened” by Charlie’s passing, and offers his “sincere and profound condolences” to Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, “who have treasured him with such strong and undiminished love.”

On Friday evening, Pope Francis offered prayers for Charlie and his parents via Twitter. “I entrust little Charlie to the Father and pray for his parents and all those who loved him,” the Holy Father tweeted.

Cardinal Nichols’ statement also offers support and sympathies to the staff of Great Ormond Street Hospital, in whose care Charlie had been for several months.

“Having visited the hospital recently, I know the unstinting and outstanding professionalism and resources offered to every young patient and family in this remarkable Hospital,” reads Cardinal Nichols’ statement. “They too,” his message continues, “will bear keenly the sorrow of the death of Charlie Gard.”

Cardinal Nichols’ statement concludes, “May he rest in peace.”

Below, please find the full text of the Statement on the Death of Charlie Gard, issued by the Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols

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On 28 July 2017, Cardinal Vincent issued this statement following the death of Charlie Gard:

“I am deeply saddened by the news that little Charlie Gard has now died. I offer my sincere and profound condolences to his parents who have treasured him with such a strong and undiminished love.

“I assure them of my prayers and those of the Catholic community. We pray that our heavenly Father, who most certainly welcomes the soul of their beloved son into heaven, will comfort and strengthen them and all their family and friends.

“I also offer my support and sympathies to the staff of Great Ormond Street Hospital who have cared for Charlie during all these long months of his short life.

“Having visited the hospital recently, I know the unstinting and outstanding professionalism and resources offered to every young patient and family in this remarkable Hospital. They too will bear keenly the sorrow of the death of Charlie Gard.

“May he rest in peace.”

29/07/2017 12:45