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Pope leads tributes to Charlie Gard and grieving parents

US vice-president Mike Pence also tweeted about his sorrow following Charlie’s death.

Pope Francis has led tributes to 11-month-old Charlie Gard following his death as messages of support for the baby’s parents poured in from around the world.

The Pope tweeted: “I entrust little Charlie to the Father and pray for his parents and all those who loved him.”

The leader of the Catholic Church had shown his support for Charlie’s parents during their lengthy legal battle for experimental treatment for their seriously ill son.

In the hours following Charlie’s death Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Charlie Gard. My thoughts and prayers are with Charlie’s parents Chris and Connie at this difficult time.”

Following news of Charlie’s death, US vice-president Mike Pence tweeted: “Saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Gard. Karen & I offer our prayers & condolences to his loving parents during this difficult time.”

President Donald Trump had also intervened during the legal fight brought by Charlie’s parents as they urged medics at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and the courts to allow him to receive experimental treatment.

A GOSH spokeswoman said: “Everyone at Great Ormond Street Hospital sends their heartfelt condolences to Charlie’s parents and loved ones at this very sad time.”

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