Madeleine's parents seek miracle

Nearly three weeks after her disappearance, the Catholic parents of kidnapped British four-year-old Madeleine McCann have visited Fatima to pray for her miracle return.

ITV News reports that Gerry and Kate McCann made the four-hour journey from Praia da Luz in the Algarve to the shrine of Fatima north of Lisbon to pray for a miracle.

The couple have said their Catholic faith has sustained them during the 20 days since their little girl was snatched from her bedroom in their holiday apartment as they dined nearby.

As they were visiting Fatima, police in Portimao on the Algarve were re-interviewing two people as witnesses in the case.

The visit is likely to be the start of an expected European tour aimed at spreading news of Madeleine's abduction across the continent.

It is also the fulfilment of a personal ambition to pray at the shrine by Madeleine's mother and it is the first time she has left the village since the abduction, other than trips to the police station in Portimao to give statements.

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims flocked to Fatima ten days ago to mark the 90th anniversary of a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1917 by a group of three young shepherd children.

Madeleine's parents make Fatima pilgrimage (ITV News, 23/5/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Madeleine McCann (Wikipedia)
Our Lady of Fatima (Wikipedia)

Fatima pilgrims pray for missing girl (CathNews, 14/5/07)
Sister Lucia's remains to be moved to Fatima (CathNews, 17/1/06)
Imminent canonisation of first two Fatima seers (CathNews, 23/2/05)
Last Fatima witness Sister Lucia dead at 97 (CathNews, 15/2/05)

24 May 2007