Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of June 4, 2007
Pope consoles parents of kidnapped British girl
By CINDY WOODEN
"His thoughts and touch and words were more tender than we could have imagined."
- Gerry McCann
Police believe the girl was abducted.
Gerry McCann told reporters May 30, "We have had tremendous strength from the outpouring of good will we have had from all over the world, but particularly from the local Catholic community in Portugal and from the church which we've been attending regularly.
"We know that many people both here and elsewhere are praying for our daughter and that helps us sustain our belief that we can get her back safely," he said.
"The Catholic faith has given us strength," he said, but the outpouring of concern and prayers "has restored my faith in humanity as much as anything else."
"We understand that there are many different scenarios here, but we must believe and we do believe that we can get Madeleine back," he said.
His wife said, "The first 72 hours (after the presumed abduction) were the worst times. It was very hard to get away from all the dark places.
"But as time goes on and after the support we have had and the prayers we have had everywhere, it really does give you strength and hope."
A week before travelling to the Vatican, the couple had gone to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal to pray for Madeleine's safe return and have launched a massive publicity campaign in Europe seeking help in finding their daughter.
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