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Sudanese woman still faces execution, pressure for conversion mounting

Catholic World News - June 12, 2014

Miriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who faces a death sentence for apostasy from Islam, remains in prison, and pressure is mounting for her execution, the Archdiocese of Khartoum has warned.

Contrary to some media reports, Ibrahim has not been released from prison, the archdiocese reported. Her sentence has been appealed, but there is no word on when that appeal will be heard.

“According to the concerned authorities, Mrs. Miriam can only be released on the condition that she renounces Christianity and gets divorced from her husband,” the archdiocese said.

While she has been urged by many people to submit to the court’s demand and renounce her faith, Miriam Ibrahim is holding firm, the archdiocesan statement reported. The statement pointed out that she had not forsaken Islam, since she was raised as a Christian. “Never in her life did she embrace the Islamic religion nor renounce it,” the archdiocese said. “She has never been a Muslim in her life.”

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