ROME – The family of an Italian graduate student tortured to death in Egypt is urging Pope Francis to seek information about the case during his upcoming visit to Cairo.
The parents of Giulio Regeni made the appeal Monday at the Italian Senate on the same day the Vatican released details of Francis' April 28-29 trip, which includes a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
Mother Paola Regeni said: "We're certain that the pope won't forget about Giulio during this trip, joining our concrete request for the truth to finally have peace."
Regeni disappeared Jan. 25, 2016, in Cairo. His body was found along a highway nine days later bearing signs of torture. Italian prosecutors have consistently complained of a lack of cooperation from Egypt in determining who killed him.