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Coleen Rooney visits Lourdes to pray for sick sister

by Jordan Kelly. Published Sun 19 Sep 2010 01:01, last updated: 19/09/10
Coleen Rooney and the Lourdes shrine
Coleen Rooney and the Lourdes shrine

Coleen Rooney has flown out of the UK to make a special pilgrimage to Lourdes to pray for her sick sister and her troubled marriage.

The wife of Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney boarded a low-cost airline at Manchester Airport to the holy Catholic shrine in the south of France.

Coleen, 24, visited the famous Grotto of Lourdes with 10-month old baby Kai, to pray for her sister, Rosie McLoughlin, who suffers from the crippling disease Rett Syndrome, which is incurable.

Braving the pouring rain in a hooded grey top and plastic Mac, Coleen made a private petition in a box where millions of visitors leave their prayers each year.

It is not the first time that the footballers WAG has visited Lourdes.

In September 2008, Coleen flew out with wheelchair bound Rosie, mum Colette and father Tony to the shrine, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to Saint Bernadette at the Grotto of Massabielle, in 1858.

With Rosie, 12, too ill to travel this time, distraught Coleen departed amid allegations that her husband Wayne cheated on her with two prostitutes, while she was pregnant with their son Kai.

All week, Coleen has been at the bedside of her very ill sister at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, over fears for her health.

But Catholic-raised Coleen wanted to make the prayerful trip to the foothills of the Pyrenees, famous for the Marian apparitions, to bring back holy water.

Lourdes is renowned for miracle cures and visited by more than five million Catholics a year.

A family insider said:

'Coleen takes her faith very seriously and wanted to make the personal trip to pray for sick Rosie.'

'It is a very emotional time for her and for her family. And Lourdes holds a special place in her heart, a place that she visited with Rosie when she they joined in candle lit processions, while on pilgrimage.'


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