Irish priest victim of hit and run in Rome

An Irish priest, who has been missing for several days in Rome, has been found in Ospedale S. Filippo Neri in north-west Rome.

Father Bart Kiely appears to have been the victim of a hit and run accident. Both his legs are broken, he is unconscious but not in a coma and his condition is critical but stable. The extent of his facial bruising made identification difficult. He was not carrying any form of identification when admitted to hospital.

Kiely, who is 70 and teaches and lives at the Pontifical Gregorian University, had been missing since Wednesday 14 November.

He left the university at 12.45 that day on his bicycle and was thought to be heading to a meeting at the American Episcopal Church of St Paul's Within the Walls on Via Nazionale. However he did not turn up at the meeting.  He was not dressed in clerical attire when he left the Gregorian.

S. Filippo Neri was beyond the catchment area of the city hospitals that were searched initially.