Pope Francis has tweeted his support for Alfie Evans, the toddler whose parents have lost their fight to prevent his life support machine being turned off.
Tom Evans and Kate James, from Merseyside, Liverpool, wanted wanted to take their 22-month-old son to Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital in Rome for treatment for his rare degenerative neurological condition.
But a High Court judge has ruled that Alder Hey Children's Hospital can switch off his life support after doctors said that to continue it would be "unkind, unfair and inhumane". Mr Evans has said could happen as soon as this Friday.
Pope Francis wrote: "It is my sincere hope that everything necessary may be done in order to continue compassionately accompanying little Alfie Evans, and that the deep suffering of his parents may be heard. I am praying for Alfie, for his family and for all who are involved."
The boy's parents took their case to the European Court of Human Rights last month but lost.
The Pope has previously tweeted support for the parents of another sick child, Charlie Gard, who lost their case against Great Ormond Street Hospital.