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Pope To Meet Madeleine's Parents

The Pope has agreed to meet the parents of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann.

Gerry and Kate McCann, who are both Roman Catholics, had made a request to meet Benedict XVI through church authorities in London.

Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI

The couple have regularly been seen attending Mass in Portugal since their daughter was abducted from the apartment they were staying in on May 3.

They also visited one of the country's holiest shrines, at Fatima.

Sky's Ashish Joshi, in the resort of Praia da Luz, said the McCanns could have an audience with the Pope as early as Wednesday.

He said: "They clearly need spiritual guidance at a time of great distress.

"They will be introduced to the Holy Father, who has been well aware of their plight. He's been following the case of Madeleine's disappearance over the past three weeks.

"It's a general audience but it's highly unusual.

"It also serves another purpose - it keeps Madeleine's plight in the consciousness of Europeans. The McCanns don't want to make any further statements on Madeleine's disappearance. They want to let the Portuguese police get on with their work."

The Vatican had earlier said that if it received a request from the McCanns to meet the head of the Roman Catholic Church, it would accept.

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