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Freed, Meriam Ibrahim flies from Sudan to Italy, meets with Pope Francis

Catholic World News - July 24, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who once faced a death sentence because she refused to renounce Christianity, has left Sudan, flying to Rome, where she met with Pope Francis on July 24.

During the meeting, which took place at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Pope praised the Sudanese woman for her “courageous witness to perseverance in the faith.” She in turn thanked the Pontiff for his public words of support during her time in prison. Father Federico Lombardi, the papal spokesman, said that Pope Francis wanted the meeting to be “a sign of closeness to all those who suffer due to their faith.”

Meriam Ibrahim was traveling with her husband and children. Their flight to Italy was arranged through that country’s foreign ministry. They plan eventually to settle in the US.

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  • Posted by: vjenkins78814 - Jul. 24, 2014 4:47 PM ET USA

    How wonderful this is that Meriam Ibrahim is at last free and that Pope Francis met with her and her family. Oh would that the Sudan & other countries put an end to forced conversion and imprisonment/death sentence.

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