“Foreign Ministers Angelino Alfano and Interior Minister Marco Minniti granted naturalization to little Alfie. In this way, the Italian government wants the Italian citizenship to enable the child’s immediate transfer to Italy,” said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The unexpected news comes as the protests continue in front of Liverpool Hospital, where Alfie’s parents have been granted a few hours of reprieve from their son, who has been suffering from an unknown neurodegenerative disease , and which was to be disconnected at 2 p.m. local time.
Mariella Enoc, president of Bambino Gesù Hospital, went to Alfie’s parents’ home, but could not be received by the hospital authorities. They refused to speak to her or to let her in.
“The Holy Father has asked me to do what is possible and what is impossible for Alfie,” Mariella Enoc said yesterday in an interview with Vatican News.
In an exclusive interview with Zenit after being received by Pope Francis on April 18, Alfie’s father, Thomas, had confided that he hoped for his son to be granted Italian citizenship in order to be able to transfer him to Bambino Gesù, who proposed to welcome and take care of him.