Madonna, pictured with her 12-year-old daughter Lourdes in a Malawi village, is hoping to sign court papers allowing her to take Mercy, four, to the US until a judge makes the adoption permanent
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The singer, who discussed plans to build a new school in the African country, reportedly met Mercy at a hotel near the capital, where she was being cared for by a nanny
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Madonna takes her children to meet their new sister-to-be

30 MARCH 2009
Madonna has attended a court hearing in Malawi over her planned adoption of a second child from the African country.

The queen of pop slipped in to a court house in the capital Lilongwe by a back door to discuss her application to add four-year-old Mercy James to her family.

Her discreet arrival followed a public walkabout with her 12-year-old daughter Lourdes, who's sprouted up lately, in the impoverished village of Chinkhota. There they greeted children and chatted to locals about her plans to build a new school for the community.

Madonna refused to be drawn on the question of the adoption, merely assuring reporters it was "amazing" to be back in Malawi, from where she adopted David Banda in 2006.

Now three, the little boy apparently enjoyed a reunion with his natural father Yohane in a hotel shortly after the singer flew in with him and his siblings, including Rocco, her son by ex-husband Guy Ritchie.

While some charities have raised questions about international adoptions, Mercy's surviving family her teenage mother died five days after giving birth apparently believes the little girl could have a better life in the US with the pop star.

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