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Post by aquila on 24.01.16 7:42

We have been preoccupied with preparation for our audience with the Pope tomoorow morning. This morning was spent acquiring some appropriate dress for the meeting since we had only holiday clothes with us in Portugal. Clarence has been inundated with calls regarding the visit to Rome and done most of the organisation behind the scenes.

It has been very difficult to leave Sean and Amelie but it is only for one nght and we will be back to see them before bedtime tomorrow. Trish and Sandy (Madeleine’s Godparents) who have been with us in Portugal since Day 2 are looking after them and we were surprised to hear they were tucked up in bed by 7.30pm- they must like their new beds!

The flight to Rome passed extremely quickly and some footage was taken for TV. We did a couple of short interviews for the British and Portuguesae press about our feelings regarding the trip. Under normal circumstances we would be extremely excited about meeting the Pope, but as we are here as a result of Madeleine’s abduction the circumstances are very different. We expect to receive a great spiritual lift, especially if we get to speak to the Pontiff personally. After the audience we will be holding a short press conference in the British Embassy to the Vatican to talk about our campaign to publicise Madeleine’s disappearance and of course, our audience with the Pope.

Frncis Campbell, the British ambassador to the Holy See, and his staff picked us at the airport and brought us directly to the Embassy residences near the city centre. We have been made to feel completely at ease and almost as if we are part of a small family here, which has helped ease our tangible nerves, not unsurprising given the importance of tomorrow’s meeting. We are now retiring and will be saying our usual prayers for Madeleine’s safe return
DAY 26 - 29/05/2007
"We are now retiring and will be saying our usual prayers for Madeleine's safe return"

After a day full of celebrity status and press stuff (and after having to spend time to buy clothes specially for the occasion) and having been received by the Pope himself, Gerry now calls going to bed 'retiring'. What is the 'usual prayers'....'usual'....even a visit to the Pope himself doesn't promote Gerry to share his prayers for his daughter...they are just 'usual'. Never mind, there was lots of publicity and lots of famous people and the Holy See recognised them and everyone was kind to Kate and Gerry even though they had to leave their twins in Portugal and it was hot and sticky in Rome and...and....and....

"our audience with the Pope"

That pompous terminology just beggars belief.
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Post by Google.Gaspar.Statements on 24.01.16 8:16

Which one of them said "Rome is preparing itself for our visit"?
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Post by Jill Havern on 24.01.16 9:32

@Google.Gaspar.Statements wrote:Which one of them said "Rome is preparing itself for our visit"?
It was Kate http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2008/07/kate-mccann-forced-political-pressure.html
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Post by worriedmum on 24.01.16 12:54

''Trish and Sandy (Madeleine’s Godparents) who have been with us in Portugal since Day 2 are looking after them and we were surprised to hear they were tucked up in bed by 7.30pm- they must like their new beds!''


Trish and Sandy are actually family members, Gerry seems very aware of his audience when he describes them as Madeleine's godparents here I feel ...

''we were surprised to hear they were tucked up in bed by 7.30pm- they must like their new beds!''


Why are they surprised?
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Post by Jill Havern on 25.01.16 11:25

Will just post this Blog here as it's pretty much the same as the last few:

Day 27 - 30/05/2007   
Wednesday
Today has gone as well as we could possibly imagine.
We woke around 7.15am and got ourselves ready. There was a lovely continental breakfast prepared but both Kate and I ate very little due to nerves. We left the Embassy just after 9.00am and stopped en route to the Vatican, at Piazza Pia for a photo opportunity with St Peters in the distance. I made a very short statement regarding our forthcoming visit and expressed my gratitude to Francis Campbell, the British Ambassador to the Vatican, and his staff for making us feel as if we were part of their family.

We arrived in plenty of time for the Papal audience and were delighted to find we were seated in the ‘Prima Fila’- the first row. Clarence, Francis and Monsingneur Charlie Burns, a colourful Glaswegian who teaches at the seminary and looks after the Ambassador’s spiritual well being were seated immediately behind us. It was extremely sunny and I have to admit that Kate and I were struggling somewhat with the heat in our dark suits but Francis rescued us with an umbrella and some water and following that some heavy cloud rolled in, cooling us down.

The atmosphere in St Peter’s square was almost carnival like with up to 35,000 people there to see the Pope. He did not disappoint, driving slowly around the crowd in his open jeep, waving cheerfully. We were sombre in contrast given that we were there to ask Benedict to pray for Madeleine, although I am sure others were also there to get blessings for their loved ones. After this the Pontiff took his seat in front of approximately 30 cardinals, bishops and priests. One of the priests, Father Daniel Gallagher from the US, came up to us before the service and said some very kind words; that he was praying and everyone was praying for Madeleine daily.

The service started with a series of addresses from priests representing the various French, German, Italian, English, Spanish and Polish speaking congregations present. Each parish represented was mentioned and various bands, mainly German, played short pieces and a few choirs sang a verse and the large Polish contingent priests seated behind us wearing large yellow scarves tied like ribbons around theirs necks sang 3 or 4! At the end of this preamble the priest stated that the Pope was happy to tell us he was praying for the congregation, our families, our children and those who were suffering. These words seemed so poignant in the light of Madeleine’s abduction and naturally both Kate and I were, naturally, very emotional. The Pope’s actual address seemed to pass in a blur and I am looking forward to reading the actual transcript as I can remember very little of the actual words.

Following the completion of the Papal address in the different languages, Benedict individually greeted the other clergy on the dias. During this period Father Gallagher presented us with a small gift to remind us that he would pray daily for Madeleine and a cardinal also expressed similar sentiments. The Pope took approximately 20 minutes to meet other people in the Prima Fila before reaching us. It felt as if time stood still for a moment when the Pope looked into our faces and there was almost instant recognition and a change in his expression. He said he would pray for us, our family and Madeleine. Kate passed him a photograph of Madeleine and he blessed this and would pray for her safe returning. The meeting was more personal than we could have imagined given the number of people there and will help us sustain our hope and determination to find Madeleine.

The press conference followed shortly afterwards and was very well attended. We will give more details tomorrow as we are very tired following our visit and hope to get an early night before planning our next trip.
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Post by aquila on 25.01.16 11:52

This particular blog hit me like a sledge hammer.
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Post by worriedmum on 25.01.16 13:00

@aquila wrote:This particular blog hit me like a sledge hammer.
How?
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Post by aquila on 26.01.16 7:24

@worriedmum wrote:
@aquila wrote:This particular blog hit me like a sledge hammer.
How?
It was this blog that covered the preamble of the previous blogs (childcare, daily routine, family support, celebrity support, God etc) and really got down to what the author really wanted to talk about  - the campaign. There is an almost palpable difference in the tone of this blog as it moves into a celebrity status of its own with the parents centre stage.

Just my opinion of course.
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Post by Joannep43 on 26.01.16 11:27

@ Aquila I totally agree "this blog moves into celebrity status of its own with the parents centre stage".This blog certainly has got an aura about it.The reader could be mistaken that they were witnessing the elevating of sainthood upon the McCanns.
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Post by Verdi on 26.01.16 12:30

Susan Healy...  

'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.

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