September 2, 2008

Kidnap Victim Hugs the Pope

World News IN BRIEF

*ROME The freed French-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt hugged Pope Benedictn XVI yesterday and told him she was overcome with emotion when she heard him appeal for her freedom in a radio broadcast during her seven years of captivity in the Colombian jungle.

Ms Betancourt, 46, said her audience with the Pope "was a dream for me, to meet a being of light, of humanity".

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