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Madonna: I want to give Mercy a loving home

Madonna has addressed her failed attempt to adopt 3-year-old Mercy James of Malawi in an interview with a newspaper from that nation, according to

"I want to provide Mercy with a home, a loving family environment and the best education and healthcare possible," Madonna said in an e-mail to the Nation newspaper. "And it's my hope that she, like David, will one day return to Malawi and help the people of their country."

The 50-year-old entertainer also expressed gratitude for the help she received during her recent stay in the African nation, according to

"Though I have been advised that I cannot publicly discuss the pending appeal regarding my desire to adopt Mercy," she stated in the e-mail the newspaper reported yesterday, "I do want to say how much I appreciate the level of support that I have received from the people of Malawi and my friends around the world."

Judge Esimie Chombo denied Madonna's adoption application earlier this month, ruling the entertainer didn't meet the country's 18- to 24-month residency requirement.

Her lawyer, Alan Chinula, confirmed to that Madonna had filed an appeal.

Madonna adopted David Banda, 3, from Malawi in 2006 among outrage by human rights organizations who charged she was using her celebrity to bend local laws.


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