World War II veteran finds new home in Vatican City
Rome, Italy — An 83-year-old World War Two veteran found a new home Thursday in the Vatican as he prepared to die in a hospital in southern Italy.
The former sailor died in August.
The Vatican City resident was living at the Villa Milano inn in the city’s old town when he was found.
“I was just going to have to take a break from the world and just let him stay,” the retired soldier told reporters Thursday.
“But I could never go back to that world and I will never go there again.”
He said the hotel where he was staying has “many visitors from all over the world” and is open to guests of all ages.
Vatican officials say they are continuing to investigate his death and the cause of his death.
“This is a very sad day for the Vatican,” the pope said at a news conference.
The hospital where he died was reopened on Thursday.
The retired sailor was living in the Villa Millanica for several years before his death in August, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
The city’s police chief said the hospital is now closed.
He said police were working with Italian officials to investigate the cause.