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City vigil for missing Madeleine

Original Source: BBC: 11  MAY 2007
Last Updated: Friday, 11 May 2007, 06:29 GMT 07:29 UK
A prayer service will be held in Glasgow for the safe return of Madeleine McCann, the child who was abducted in the Algarve.
St Andrew's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Glasgow will open its doors on Friday evening to host the service.

Madeleine's father, Gerry, is from Glasgow and his colleagues in the medical profession organised the event.

Celtic and Aberdeen players will also wear a yellow ribbon during Saturday's match at Celtic Park.

The clubs agreed to a request from Madeleine's aunt Phil McCann for the ribbons to be worn.

Madeleine's picture

Celtic club captain Neil Lennon will also make an appeal for Madeleine's safe return to her family.

Celtic have requested police permission for fans to be allowed to hold up Madeleine's picture in the stands.

The prayer vigil will be held at 1900 BST on Friday at the cathedral, in Clyde Street.

Madeleine, from Rothley, Leicestershire, disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz a week ago.

Monsignor Christopher McElroy, the cathedral administrator, said: "People of all faiths and none have watched with mounting anxiety as the search for Madeleine continues.

"The prayer service we are organising will help people to overcome that sense of helplessness which we all naturally experience.

"We will allow people the opportunity to reflect, to pray and to keep alive their hope that Madeleine can be found alive and well.

"The service is open to people of all faiths. Whether they want to come and simply sit quietly or light a candle, or join in the prayers and hymns they will be very welcome."

Silent vigil

Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow, said: "Although I won't be able to be present at the vigil in person, due to prior engagements, I will be very much united with all who gather in prayer for Madeleine and her parents.

"My own prayers and those of countless others continue for the safe return of the little girl and an end to this horrific ordeal for the family."

Villagers in Rothley held a silent vigil for the family on Tuesday.

Phil McCann said she was in regular contact with Madeleine's parents in Portugal.

She said they were "overwhelmed" by the reaction in Scotland to their daughter's disappearance.


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