Susan Healy, Kate McCann’s mother had this to say during an interview with Spanish TV Antena3, broadcast on 22nd October 2007..
Kate phoned me, errm… about an hour after Gerry and asked me to get in
touch with, errm… Paul Seddon, who is the priest, Father Seddon, who married
her, who baptised Madeleine, errm… and I didn't have his mobile phone so I rang
a friend of Kate's and got… got him and he rang Kate right away and I think as
soon as this happened, as soon as Kate realised what had happened, it was as
if, errm.. she started to ask God right away to give her Madeleine. Errm…
because Kate and Gerry were not the most devout family. We do have Catholic
faith, errm… it's… it's the religion that we were brought up in, but I would
never describe myself as a devout person. We're just ordinary people, errm… but
Kate certainly has… has clung to her religion, errm.. since this happened.
Possibly she feels that, you know, it has to be a greater thing that helps us
to get Madeleine back. Errm… something with more power than… than we have.'
So, there you have it from the person who would know her daughter Kate and her son-in-law Gerry better than anyone ....
".... because Kate and Gerry were not the most devout family".
Why then did Gerry and Kate McCann use religion as a base for their long term campaign, there can be no doubt that religious faith was the key component of their media strategy and presumed public persona, even down to Kate McCann adorning her daughter Madeleine's favourite toy, cuddlecat, with rosary beads. In Kate McCann's published book 'madeleine' are no fewer than sixty four references to pray or prayed or praying. Kate McCann has also been reported to having said that she prayed like mad or asked friends and family to pray like mad, a strange choice of words to an infidel but perhaps it's customary in devout circles.
The next day, 6 May, was Sunday, and despite my fragility I was determined to go to Mass. The discovery that it was also Mothers’ Day in Portugal made it even more relevant and important. From the moment Madeleine had gone, I’d turned instinctively to God and to Mary, feeling a deep need to pray, and to get as many other people as possible to pray, too.
On 22nd May 2007, only nineteen days after the claimed disappearance of their daughter. three year old Madeleine, Gerry and Kate made a pilgrimage to the Holy Shrine of Fatima where they prayed for a miracle.
Through the auspices of their official UK government spokesman, Clarence Mitchell - Director of the Government's Media Monitoring Unit and the disgraced now deceased Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, they even managed an appearance before Pope Benedict XVI. On 29th May 2007, Gerry and Kate McCann were flown over to the Vatican from Faro airport by a Gulstream jet owned by the businessman Sir Philip Green.
Well it looks like their prayers payed off , call it a miracle, divine intervention or just pure coincidence, seemingly their prayers were answered. On Tuesday 8th May Gerry McCann had an extraordinary spiritual experience, this is what Kate McCann says of the revelationary moment in the book 'madeleine'..
We had been given a key to the church so that we could go there and pray whenever we wished. We cherished these little oases of relative peace and solitude. One night early in the week – I think it was that Tuesday evening – while we were praying privately at Nossa Senhora da Luz, Gerry had an extraordinary spiritual experience. He suddenly became aware of a long tunnel with light at the far end of it. He felt himself enter the tunnel and, as he went deeper and deeper inside, it became wider and wider and brighter and brighter. He had never known anything like this before and he immediately interpreted it as a sign urging us to do absolutely everything within our power to find Madeleine ourselves.
From that moment he was convinced that we did not have to sit back passively, issuing statements and waiting for others to bring her home. We needed to take the initiative. Straight away he shared this revelation with me and tried to explain what it meant to him. We had to start right now to mobilize all the resources available to us.
His ‘vision’ – I don’t know what else to call it – in that beautiful little church had a huge impact on Gerry. It was this experience that laid the foundations of our organized campaign to find our daughter.
God clearly works in mysterious ways.