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I pray for Maddy's kidnappers, says Kate McCann

Published 15/03/2010 | 05:00

Kate McCann said yesterday that she prays for the people who kidnapped her daughter, Madeleine.

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She also revealed that her belief in God gave her an "inner strength'' on the day police made her a suspect in the disappearance.

Mrs McCann (42), a Roman Catholic, used a Mother's Day interview to talk about how her faith has helped since her daughter, then three, went missing in Praia da Luz in the Algarve in May 2007.

In an interview on Britain's BBC Radio 2, Mrs McCann said: "Obviously I always pray for the family, obviously most of the prayers are centred on Madeleine. But I pray for the people who have taken Madeleine, the people who know what's happened to Madeleine and the people around and related to the person who's taken Madeleine. I pray for the police and investigators, the people who are looking for her. And I pray for other children who are missing or have been exploited."

Mrs McCann said her faith lifted her when detectives named her as an 'arguido', or formal suspect. She said: "The day I was going in for my arguido interview was quite a strange day because I had been really low and feeling quite weak and fragile. Then suddenly I just felt really strong. I was angry. I was angry that people hadn't been looking for Madeleine.

"But also I just thought to myself, 'I know the truth and God knows the truth, and nothing else matters'."

Mrs McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, said her faith had "sustained'' her in the years without Madeleine. "I've never blamed God for what's happened at all,'' she said.

"There are times when I've got angry with God -- certainly the additional things that I've mentioned that have happened where I just think: 'How can we have extra suffering put on us at such an awful time?'" (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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