THE POPE called for prayers for “little Alfie Evans” at the Vatican as the stricken tot’s parents prepare for a new legal battle.
Pope Francis took the time to mention Alfie and his fight for life during Sunday prayers.
Alfie has been living in a coma for well over a year after being struck down with a mystery illness.
The tot is described as being in a semi-vegetative state and doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool have said it is in his best interest to stop mechanical ventilation.
A decision his heart-broken parents – Tom Evans and Kate James – have fought doctors on every-step of the way.
During his speech, the pontiff did not take sides but instead expressed a hope for a joint decision between Alfie’s family and medical professionals.
Pope Francis said: “I entrust into your prayers people such as Vincent Lambert in France, little Alfie Evans in England, and others in different countries who live, sometimes for a long period, in a state of grave illness, medically assisted for their basic needs.
“These are delicate situations – very painful and complex.
“Let us pray that every sick person will always be respected in their dignity and cared for in a way adapted to their condition with the joint efforts of families, doctors and other health care workers – and with great respect for life.”
Alfie’s family is preparing for an appeal – due to take place tomorrow – against the High Court ruling to support Alder Hey’s decision to turn off the toddler’s life support.
The family want their son to be released from Alder Hey’s care so they can take him to Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù children’s hospital in Rome.
Alfie’s dad Tom Evans, 21, has called on Pope Francis to save his stricken son.
Tom has claimed the family have been prevented from taking Alfie from hospital and flying him abroad for treatment.
He said: “If he dies in Italy at least we’ve tried and I believe in Italy.
“The pope knows we want to go there. We want the pope to speak out again. Someone save Alfie.”
It emerged yesterday that Alfie’s mum had allegedly been kicked off her son’s ward after a row with nurses.
A social media account for Alfie’s Army, the family’s campaign group, claimed Kate James, 20, was ejected from the ward late on Friday.
A post read: “The chief nurse has removed Alfie’s mummy Kate off the ward!
“Kate has don nothing to warrent [sic] being stopped from seeing her baby boy. Alfie needs his mummy!
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“How is this right? Why is this allowed to happen? How much more disgustingly are these parents going to be treated?”
Protests against the High Court ruling have been ongoing outside Alder Hey for four days with a crowd as large as 300 set to gather at Springfield Park, Liverpool, tomorrow.
Last night supporters of the family’s tragic cause laid candles spelling out Alfie’s name on a grass verge outside the hospital.
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