"Absolutely heartbroken. I LOVE YOU MY GUY". "Today I pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace", wrote the pontiff, who met the child's father Thomas Evans in the Vatican last week.
Thousands of balloons were released outside Alder Hey Hospital in a lovely tribute to Alfie Evans. The parents disagreed, and his case was referred to the Family Division of the United Kingdom court, only for the court to rule in favor of the hospital.
Alfie had been in a semi-vegetative state and scans of his brain had shown that nearly all of it had been destroyed. "Thank you everyone for all your support", Kate James, Alfie Evans' mother, shared on Facebook.
Earlier in April, Thomas Evans had visited Pope Francis in Rome, pleading with him to "save our son".
"Our lives have been turned upside down by the intense focus on Alfie and his situation", Evans said Thursday outside the Liverpool hospital.
"All of us feel deeply for Alfie, Kate, Tom and his whole family and our thoughts are with them", the statement said.
They also asked people to leave tributes to Alfie in Springfield Park, next to the hospital.
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On April 23, he tweeted, "Moved by the prayers and huge solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted".
Alfie, who was born in May 2016, was first admitted to Alder Hey hospital the following December after suffering seizures, and had been a patient at the hospital ever since.
"The Alfie Evans case is extremely hard for all involved; heartbreaking for his parents and emotionally challenging for the doctors and nurses involved in treating and caring for him", it said. Evans, who earlier said doctors were wrong about Alfie's prognosis and threatened to resume the court battle over his care, pledged to work with hospital staff to give his son "dignity and comfort" in his final days.
On Wednesday, judges on the UK Court of Appeal ruled against Alfie's family, following a decision by the High Court on Tuesday that prevented Alfie from leaving Britain for further medical treatment. Alfie's parents appealed the decision, only to lose that appeal and watch the Supreme Court dismiss the case.
Italy granted citizenship to the toddler on Monday in the hope of facilitating his transfer to the Bambino Gesu (Baby Jesus) paediatric hospital in Rome.
However, two days later the Court of Appeal upheld a ruling preventing the toddler from travelling overseas after life support was withdrawn.