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Post by missbeetle on 19.06.14 23:13

From The Times May 24, 2007

At the shrine of Fatima – a candle is lit for Madeleine


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The parents of Madeleine McCann made a pilgrimage to Portugal’s holiest site yesterday to pray for a miracle to bring their daughter home as the three-week police investigation into her disappearance appeared to be making little progress.

Kate and Gerry McCann’s visit to Fatima was particularly poignant as the 90th anniversary of the vision of the Virgin Mary earlier this month had coincided with the fourth birthday of their missing daughter.

The physical agony of the penitents who approached the shrine of Fatima on their knees was mirrored by the mental anguish on the face of the McCanns as they entered the Chapel of Apparitions. However, the couple began to smile as they were showered with kisses and hugs after slipping into the back of a Mass, on the exact site of the apparitions, in time for the sharing of the Peace.

Mrs McCann was again clutching Madeleine’s favourite soft toy cat, which she has carried everywhere since her daughter was abducted from her bed in their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz 21 days ago. In her hair were the green and yellow ribbons that have become a symbol of the campaign to find Madeleine.

The couple, both 38, from Rothley, Leicestershire, later spent 30 minutes in a side-chapel for private prayers before returning to the square in front of the basilica to light candles for Madeleine. Maria Arlete, who handed two candles to the couple, said: “People are looking for miracles. Maybe that’s the only thing left, a miracle.”

Returning to the main chapel to say the Rosary, the couple sat beside the marble pillar marking the spot where three shepherd children had seen visions of the Virgin Mary in 1917. Monsignor Luciano Guerra, rector of the shrine, made several references in Portuguese to Madeleine’s disappearance, referring to her abductors as “vultures”.

As the McCanns left the chapel the 1,000-strong congregation ignored the strict rule of silence to break into spontaneous applause and to inundate them with gifts of religious icons and flowers.

Despite the presence of the television cameras and reporters, who have made the McCanns the most famous couple in Portugal, they said they had drawn enormous strength from the visit. While Mrs McCann’s religious belief is long-standing, her husband in particular is said to have found new faith in recent days. e millions of pilgrims who visit the shrine at Fatima each year. Yesterday was the first time that she had left the Algarve since Madeleine was abducted.

Both Mr and Mrs McCann are preparing to travel across Europe to raise awareness of their daughter and to promote their campaign website, http://www.findmadeleine.com .

They returned to Praia da Luz to learn that detectives leading the hunt for their daughter had reinterviewed two of the “witnesses” in the investigation. Michaela Walc-zuch, the girlfriend of the prime suspect, and her estranged husband, Luis Antonio, spent several hours being questioned at the headquarters of the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) in Portimão.

However, the police investigation appeared to be foundering yesterday after reports that tests on hair, sweat and fibre traces discovered at the apartment where Madeleine disappeared while sleeping between her brother and sister had so far yielded no clues.
 
(with thanks to the Maddie Case Files)
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Post by missbeetle on 20.06.14 0:02



Apologies for the tinsy reproduction.

I like how Gerry looks to be wearing a white fez.
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Post by missbeetle on 20.06.14 0:13

POLICE TO SEARCH SHRINE FOR BODY
HOMEPAGENEWS REPORTS INDEXNEWS SEPTEMBER 2007
Original Source: EXPRESS: MONDAY17 SEPTEMBER 2008
Monday September 17,2007
By David Pildich and Martin Evans  in Praia da Luz
 
FATIMA
MADELEINE: POLICE TO SEARCH SHRINE FOR BODY
POLICE in Portugal believe Madeleine McCann may be buried at one of the holiest sites of the Catholic Church

Officers were last night planning to launch a search at Fatima in central Portugal.

Devout Kate and Gerry McCann made a pilgrimage there three weeks after their daughter vanished from their holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz.

Just four days later they rented a car which police believe the couple used to return to the shrine and dispose of Madeleine’s body.

The search in Fatima is said to be one of a series to be carried out over the next few days. It comes as it was claimed yesterday that Kate could be charged with her daughter’s murder.

In just five weeks the McCanns clocked up 1,709 miles in the car and police want to question them about every journey they made. The couple claim they ran up the mileage making

frequent return trips from the resort to Faro Airport 55 miles away.

They were picking up and dropping off family and friends who stayed with them as they mounted their campaign to find Madeleine, who vanished on May 3.

But a police source told the Daily Express yesterday that officers were not satisfied with the explanation the McCanns gave them.

They now believe the couple made the 500-mile return trip to Fatima to dispose of their daughter’s body.

It is one of the few places in Portugal outside the Algarve that the McCanns are known to have visited in the days after Madeleine disappeared.

Officers want to examine a pasture called the Cova da Iria near the village of Aljustrel a mile from Fatima – where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three children in 1917.

Police believe Madeleine died as a result of an accident and her body was hidden before being moved in the McCanns’ hire car.

They are convinced Gerry and Kate McCann’s devotion to their faith played a key role in how they supposedly disposed of the body.

The McCanns’ visit to Fatima on May 23 was the first of a series of organised trips to raise awareness for their campaign to find their missing daughter.

By the time they signed a rental agreement on a Renault with Budget Rentacar at Faro Airport on May 27, Fatima was one of the few places in Portugal they had been to. Detectives are said to be “very concerned” about the high mileage of the hire car and believe the couple may have travelled a long distance to dispose of Madeleine’s body.

A source close to the investigation said: “We are looking for a final resting place for the little girl.

“We now believe the movements of the car in the days after it was hired are the key to solving the mystery.

“Everywhere they have been will be thoroughly examined. They did not know Portugal well. The only familiar places will be the ones they visited.

“They have said the only places they drove to were around the resort and to and from the airport but that does not account for the mileage they did in the car.”

Body fluids with an 88 per cent DNA match to Madeleine were found in the spare tyre well under the carpet in the boot of the Renault along with clumps of the youngster’s hair.

During police interviews the McCanns were shown a video of a sniffer dog “going crazy’’ when it approached their hire car.

Police had previously been working on the theory that Madeleine’s body was dumped in the sea near the beach in Praia da Luz.

The British dogs brought in by South Yorkshire Police allegedly detected a trail of death from the family’s Ocean Club apartment down to the sea front.

Experts in tidal movements were called in to try to establish scientifically where a body may have been washed up. Another theory was that Madeleine’s body was placed in a sack and weighed down with rocks.

(from Pamalam at Gerry McCann's Blogs, with thanks)
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Post by missbeetle on 20.06.14 0:33

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Post by missbeetle on 20.06.14 0:39

In his new incarnation – and Mitchell chose to demonstrate his belief in the McCanns’ total innocence in a persuasive way: he resigned his government post to become their official mouthpiece soon after they returned from Portugal, his salary taken care of by a Cheshire businessman, Brian Kennedy (no relation to Kate McCann’s uncle of the same name), who had made his money in double-glazing and was now also the owner of Sale Sharks rugby club facing the cameras with the McCanns usually now standing mutely alongside him, Clarence assumed the air of a man holding his funeral director’s black silk hat considerately behind his back, a little scuffed and showing signs of wear (dandruff dusting the brim, perspiration stains dunning the pleated, satinised lining), mourning a professional future that was now well behind him, as well as the child who vanished into folklore and common fame in the family-friendly foreign resort.
Burn, Gordon (2011-06-16). Born Yesterday: The News as a Novel (pp. 64-65). Faber & Faber. Kindle Edition.
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Post by Guest on 20.06.14 1:07

The rector got it right when he referred to the "abductors" as vultures.
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Post by missbeetle on 20.06.14 1:23

                                            

                              

 
Rich abusers escape justice, 13 August 2008
 

Monsignor Luciano Guerra


Rich abusers escape justice Correio da Manhã

 

Pilgrimage - Fatima rector is revolted with abuse against children

 

13 August 2008 - 00h30

Thanks to 'viv' for translation

 


Achieving justice in child abuse cases is difficult when the suspects have greater economic power, believes the Shrine Rector of the Fatima Sanctuary, using the Casa Pia scandal as an example.

Monsignor Luciano Guerra writes in today's edition of the 'Voz de Fátima' (Voice of Fatima) - on the same day that the Immigrant Pilgrimage ends - an article regarding "the abusers of the innocents", and refers to Esmeralda, Maddie, and Casa Pia, considering the last one to be "revolting."

"The worst of these isolated miseries is the Casa Pia case, which has been in the courts now for four years, with thousands of hearings" and so many pages that "no-one, no judge, could possibly read it all", states the rector.

For Luciano Guerra – the last time in front of the Sanctuary during a large pilgrimage - these processes "reveal to us a chronic reality, which cannot be solved with two or three hearings, as in other cases, because the "truth of the lies" are so much more difficult to prove the wealthier those who practice them are". After criticising the "apologies of paedophile relations", and the attempts to legalise them, the priest considers violations that happen within "the sanctuary of the family, which convert the cradle and the incubator into killers of innocents" to be "much worse, because they are more serious and drawn out".

Luciano Guerra is aware that in this respect, "the Church is finally beginning to accept a negligence that could have lasted for centuries", stressing that "the three child-seers of Fatima also suffered offence committed by adults, when they gave their testimony regarding the truth of the apparitions at Fatima."

Finally, the Shrine Rector believes that, even after Justice is achieved in the courts, "the open wounds in the children's hearts will continue, so long as they and we fail to understand the tragedy of the abuse" as "only forgiveness can heal our hearts."



(snipped from the McCann Files, Reports Post-Arguido Jan-Dec 2008)

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Kissing babies and all...

Post by missbeetle on 20.06.14 1:31

                                                                              

 
Last Photo of Maddie released, 24 May 2007
 Last photo of Maddie released The Sun


From Virginia Wheeler and John Askill in Praia da Luz and ONLINE REPORTER
Published: 24 May 2007

THIS is a smiling and happy Madeleine McCann just hours before she was snatched from her bedroom three weeks ago.

Maddie's parents Gerry and Kate released the photo today of their missing four-year-old enjoying herself by the swimming pool at the holiday resort she was taken from on May 3.

The picture was taken by Kate on her own camera less than eight hours before she was snatched from her bed.

She is shown smiling, wearing a pink smock top, white shorts and a sun hat as she cools her feet in the swimming pool.

Yesterday a tearful Kate tenderly kissed a candle for her missing daughter during an emotion-packed visit to the famous shrine of Fatima.

Kate and Gerry, both 38, made a 250-mile pilgrimage to Portugal's holiest site - in search of a miracle.

They sat among more than 1,000 other pilgrims praying for the safe return of Maddie, four, who was abducted three weeks ago today during a family holiday in the Algarve.

Deeply religious Kate and Gerry quietly thanked the crowds of well-wishers from all over Europe who joined them at Fatima.

The shrine is the site of a series of visions of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children, including two young girls, in 1917.

Mrs McCann clutched a yellow rose and Madeleine's favourite Cuddle Cat soft toy, while her husband held a small Bible.

They were followed by a crowd of pilgrims, some holding candles up to 6ft long, who showered them with kisses and hugs as they arrived for Mass. Some held their babies aloft so the couple could kiss their heads.




Kate clutched her husband's arm as ribbons, candles, yellow flowers and beads were laid at her feet

She then knelt for more than an hour to say a Catholic Rosary prayer in Fatima's tiny Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows.

As the couple emerged to stroll in front of the Basilica, hundreds of people broke into spontaneous applause. Others ran up clutching gifts and messages.

They then stood together in front of a jumble of hundreds of giant candles as they paused to reflect on the nightmare of recent weeks.

The couple passed a picture of Madeleine inside a green frame, left by a pilgrim earlier.

Mrs McCann wore yellow and green ribbons in her hair - yellow ribbons being an international symbol of missing people and green the colour of hope in Portugal.

She and Gerry sat together in the tiny Chapel of Apparitions as prayers were said for Madeleine. Mr McCann passed a chain of Rosary beads through his fingers as Monsignor Luciano Guerra led the prayers in Portuguese.

He asked the congregation: "Let us ask for the three little shepherds so that all the children away from their homes, especially little Madeleine, so that Our Lady can keep those children in her care."

And referring to the evil people who abuse and abduct kids, he added: "Let us pray so that those vultures can be enlightened."

The couple, both doctors from Rothley, Leics, have been sustained throughout their ordeal by their Catholic faith.

They set off early from Praia da Luz, the resort from where Maddie was snatched from her bed on May 3, for the four-hour drive to Fatima. They spent two hours at the shrine.

Among pilgrims present was Anne MacManus, 71, who flew to Portugal from Belfast to pray for Maddie's safe return. She said: "When you have children of your own, you understand what this pair are going through. My heart goes out to them and I pray here every day. Please let them find Maddie."




Retired cop John Ryan, 66, from Tuam, Co Galway, Republic of Ireland, said: "It would be wonderful if there was a miracle. Everybody has been praying for this little girl."

The McCann's spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Today has been profoundly moving for them. The support has been overwhelming and they wanted some quiet contemplation. They know the days ahead will be hard. Kate now is keen to get back to Praia da Luz. She doesn't like leaving there.

"She believes that is where the heart of the campaign is and feels close to Maddie there."

He added: "Every single prayer is important to them. They draw strength from every prayer in their search for Madeleine. They want everybody to continue praying."

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Post by missbeetle on 20.06.14 1:58

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(Gerry at the shrine made at the Rothley War Memorial)



Yellow tributes



Mr McCann arrived back in Praia Da Luz on Tuesday morning after his one-day visit home.

During his trip, Mr McCann visited the family's home village of Rothley, Leicestershire, where he saw the thousands of yellow ribbons, tributes, flowers and cuddly toys left by the public.

He spoke to some of the people who had gathered to show their support and tied his own yellow ribbon, which has become a symbol of hope for Madeleine.

As well as meeting organisers of the campaign to find her, it is believed his visit was also intended to enable the family to stay in Portugal for the foreseeable future.

Accompanied by aides carrying a suitcase and parcels, Mr McCann returned to be with his wife, Kate, who had remained at the family's Algarve holiday apartment.


(snipped from BBC News article, 22nd May 2007)



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(Pictures of shrine dedicated to Madeleine, Rothley, May 2007)



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Post by Okeydokey on 20.06.14 2:07

Shrine on you crazy demimonde...

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Post by lj on 20.06.14 2:15

I have no doubt that the whole religion thing is just another safety measure.

Surely this mother praying on her knees cannot be guilty. 

It infuriates me so much that they play the devotional character of the Portuguese to shield themselves of any doubt.

Poor Kate and Gerry, see them pray, they could not be guilty.

I hope they burn in hell, I do, and if hell comes early in the form of public humiliation and matching metal wristbands I will be very pleased.

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Three years on, Papal visit to Fatima... (Daily Telegraph article)

Post by missbeetle on 20.06.14 2:34

Pope's visit to Portgual may shed light on Third Secret of Fatima
The Pope will travel to Portugal this week amid hopes that he might shed light on one of the Catholic Church's most intriguing mysteries – the so-called Third Secret of Fatima


The Fatima Shrine in Portugal. Photo: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP

By Nick Squires in Rome
10:50PM BST 09 May 2010


During his four day visit, Benedict XVI will pray at the shrine of Fatima, one of the best known centres of Catholic pilgrimage in the world and the focus of endless conspiracy theories and Doomsday predictions.

Its cult is founded on the belief that three shepherd children witnessed a series of apparitions and prophecies of the Virgin Mary in 1917.
Three secrets were supposedly disclosed to them, with the first and second relating to a vision of Hell and predicting the end of World War I, the outbreak of World War II, the collapse of the Soviet Union and Russia's return to Christianity.

The third secret was only disclosed by the Vatican in 2000 and was said to have foretold the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II by a Turkish gunman in 1981.

There has been intense speculation ever since that the Vatican withheld part of the secret, which is said to have concerned the Satanic infiltration of the Catholic Church, the rise of an anti-Pope or even nuclear Armageddon. The Holy See claims that it has released the full text of the secret and that it is holding nothing back, but many Catholics are not convinced.
            

Benedict is one of the world's leading authorities on the mystery because as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, before he was elected Pope in 2005, he was responsible for developing the Vatican's official position on the miracle of Fatima and wrote a scholarly interpretation of the Third Secret.
Benedict's visit is heavy with symbolism. He will be in Fatima on May 13 – the same day, in 1917, that the Madonna supposedly first appeared to the children. It is also the date on which Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca came close to killing John Paul II after shooting him in St Peter's Square.


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(Portugal spelled "Portgual" in title of original piece up on Telegraph website. Odd.)
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Post by BlueBag on 20.06.14 6:56

before he was elected Pope in 2005, he was responsible for developing the Vatican's official position on the miracle of Fatima and wrote a scholarly interpretation of the Third Secret.
I know a LOT about this subject, trust me.

What he wrote was a deceit.

Spin on - distancing from - and diminishing of something that has been an embarrassing subject for many people inside the Church for decades (including himself).

The work of a spin doctor.

Off topic. Sorry.
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Post by Guest on 20.06.14 6:59

@missbeetle wrote:

Apologies for the tinsy reproduction.

I like how Gerry looks to be wearing a white fez.




Not a white fez, but definitely the same tshirt - was this 'Gerry McCann is happy' video taken before they went to do their PR exercise praying or after they got back?
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Post by missbeetle on 20.06.14 8:22

Kerry Town Shrine, Donegal, Ireland
 




Welcome to the website dedicated to the Kerry Town Shrine, in County Donegal, Ireland.

The shrine has long been a place of prayer and contemplation. It began in 1938 when a young girl and her sisters from Kerrytown in the Templecronas (church of St. Crones) parish were sent at night to secure outhouses for arriving guests. The young girl set about tidying up but stopped and looked at a massive wall of rock close by. The rock rose to 15 feet high. Atop the rock stood a beautiful lady dressed in white. The young girl called out to her sisters who ran over and also saw the apparition.

Soon, others heard them and gathered round to witness the beautiful lady in white. Some ran for the parish priest, Father McAteer, but he dismissed them saying it was "just another ghost story." Several days later, the apparition of the lady in white appeared at the rock again. And once again, the locals ran for the priest. He declined at first but changed his mind after a while and decided to travel to the farm to end the nonsense once and for all. He stayed at the farm for several hours but saw nothing. Convinced that his parishioners were daft, he gathered his things to leave, amidst the pleas of the young girl and her sisters and many of the locals. As he climbed onto his buggy, he looked up one more time at the massive rock. There, standing on the top of the rock was a beautiful lady dressed in white.

He says in his personal account: "Suddenly, I saw a mass of rock turn marble white. Over the Rock came a fiery golden cloud, and in front of the cloud stood a majestic lady, clothed in white...her hair hanging down on her shoulders. She looked at me with a severe look and said, "Now, will you believe!" I stretched out my arms, opened my palms, and asked for forgiveness."

TODAY
In 2009, the shrine has again become the centre of attention for Catholics, as visitors have claimed that a statue wept, and that crosses have been appearing in strange forms. Irish faith healer Joe Coleman has claimed that the Virgin Mary channeled messages to him about new phenomena at the shrine, and these have been seemingly linked to similar signs at Knock.

VISITING THE SHRINE
Pilgrims wishing to visit the shrine would do well to first travel to Dungloe, the lively market town in the northwest corner of Donegal. For accommodation, there are a variety of places to stay, from the Ostan Na Rosan Hotel ( www.ostannarosann.com ) to Lough Meila Lodge ( www.exploredonegal.com )



Kerry Town Shrine, Donegal, Ireland

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(image of Joe Coleman praying at Knock Shrine, from an article in the Belfast Telegraph dated 11th May, 2010)
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Post by Guest on 20.06.14 9:24

@Okeydokey wrote:Shrine on you crazy demimonde...

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More strange happenings in May of 2007...

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(snipped from an e-book sample of 'Wacky Eire', by Geraldine Comiskey)
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Post by Dont Make Me Laff on 20.06.14 10:30

@lj wrote:I have no doubt that the whole religion thing is just another safety measure.

Surely this mother praying on her knees cannot be guilty. 

It infuriates me so much that they play the devotional character of the Portuguese to shield themselves of any doubt.

Poor Kate and Gerry, see them pray, they could not be guilty.

I hope they burn in hell, I do, and if hell comes early in the form of public humiliation and matching metal wristbands I will be very pleased.
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The Wider Spiritual Agenda...?

Post by missbeetle on 20.06.14 11:53

Church of the Most Holy Trinity – Fatima Shrine

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Portugal’s Largest Church:

Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Fatima..
If you haven’t been to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima in recent years, you’ll be surprised at the new Church of the Most Holy Trinity. Consecrated on October 12, 2007, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the apparitions of Fátima, this is now Portugal’s biggest church and possibly the fourth largest Catholic church in the world.
The first thing that strikes you about the Church of the Most Holy Trinity is its modern look and this immediately draws different reactions from visitors. Traditionalists and people who prefer the rich, ornate architectural styles may have problem liking this modern design.

The church was constructed between 2004 and 2007 at a cost of 80 million euros, entirely funded from donations  from pilgrims. An international competition was held for the design of the church and Alexandros Tombazis’s design was chosen. He is from Greece and a Greek Orthodox by faith and some of design is inspired in Byzantine and Orthodox art.

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Post by lj on 20.06.14 14:53

@admin wrote:
@missbeetle wrote:

Apologies for the tinsy reproduction.

I like how Gerry looks to be wearing a white fez.




Not a white fez, but definitely the same tshirt - was this 'Gerry McCann is happy' video taken before they went to do their PR exercise praying or after they got back?
Wasn't the happy face 2 or 3 days after the disappearance? At least very early on.



I am still foaming at the bit about the "The physical agony of the penitents who approached the shrine of Fatima on their knees was mirrored by the mental anguish on the face of the McCanns "


To compare those penitents, who sometimes come from far on their knees and who show real penance, to those fake McCanns, who never showed any remorse for what they did to Madeleine (and are still doing to a lot of other people, including the twins) is real sacrilege. It's 2 extremes that, even in Fatima, do not come close.

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Post by Guest on 20.06.14 18:17

It may be just me, tired? But the whole meaning of this thread escapes me ...  sad 
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Post by Guest on 20.06.14 18:51

Agree Chatelaine.No offence.
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Re: Shrines and the McCanns

Post by Miraflores on 20.06.14 19:18

I'm not sure why the info about the shrines in Ireland is there, but the Fatima stuff, is IMO designed to show how devout the McCanns were. Even though Mrs Healy said they weren't.

BTW it's the third anniversary of my joining this forum. Will we all be here in another three years?
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Re: Shrines and the McCanns

Post by Guest on 20.06.14 19:23

yes perhaps that's relevant.

There are shrines EVERYWHERE in Ireland,though most aren't as religious as in the past thankfully !
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