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.
Archbishop Paglia asks for 'shared response' to Alfie Evans (Crux) Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia has called for parents and health-care workers to agree on a “shared response” to the condition of Alfie Evans. The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life—who last month said that hospital officials were trying to prevent “overzealous treatment” of the child—said that the conflict appears to be nearing “a dead-end.”
Mexican priest murdered: 23rd since 2012 (Crux) A Mexican priest was shot and killed while hearing confessions near Guadalajara on April 20. Father Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia became the 2nd Mexican priest murdered in less than a week, and the 23rd priest killed in the past six years.
European Court decision forces German Church to reconsider hiring practices (Catholic Herald) The German Catholic Church could be required to revise its employment practices in the wake of a European Court of Justice decision. The court said that current Church policies, which require employees to be affiliated with a church, must be reviewed. The secretary-general of the German bishops’ conference said that the Catholic Church, which is Germany’s 2nd-largest employer, does not impose religious demands on potential employees, but will “examine how far its recruitment practices should be adapted” to the new ruling.
Melbourne churches hit by crime wave (The Age) At least 23 churches in Melbourne, Australia have been hit by a wave of robberies, in which hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash and equipment has been stolen. Police are investigating the crimes, and the possibility that the perpetrators had help from inside the churches.