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Tuesday 9 August 2022
1. Archbishop Paglia on Archie’s death: ‘Humanity defeated when life decided by a court’
2. Who is Rolando Álvarez, the bishop defying Daniel Ortega’s regime?
3. In Assisi, an urban art exhibition on the figure of Pope Francis
Archbishop Paglia on Archie’s death: ‘Humanity defeated when life decided by a court’
Archie Battersbee was a 12-year-old English boy who died on Saturday after his parents lost a legal battle to keep his life support on. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, took to Twitter to express his sorrow. “I pray for Archie Battersbee and his family. When the life of someone is decided by a court, humanity is defeated,” he tweeted. Archie had been in the hospital since April 7, when his mother found him lying unconscious in their Essex home. Doctors concluded that he was “brain-stem dead”—when a person fails to respond to outside stimulation and will likely never regain consciousness or be able to breathe without support. However, his parents, Paul Battersbee and Hollie Dance, fought a drawn-out court battle with his doctors to keep him on life support. On June 13, a High Court judge ruled that Archie was “dead” and said that his life support could be withdrawn. His parents tried to appeal the decision but they were unsuccessful and the Supreme Court ultimately upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision, resulting in Archie’s life support being taken away on Saturday, August 6. The English bishops also expressed their support for the child and his parents.
Vatican News, English