Friday, July 25, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim Arrives Italy To Meet The Pope Who Praises Her Courage and Steadfast Faith

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Meriam Ibrahim, who was released from a death sentence for renouncing Islam by the Sudanese Supreme Court, is in Italy and has met with Pope Francis.

On arrival, the 27-year-old and her family were received at the pope’s guesthouse for about 30 minutes. According to a statement released by the Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi;

“The pope thanked Meriam and her family for their courageous demonstration of constancy of faith. Meriam gave thanks for the great support and comfort which she received from the prayers of the pope and of many other people who believe and are of good will.”

“With this gesture the pope wished also to show his closeness, attention and prayer for all those who suffer because of their faith and in particular Christians who suffer persecution or restriction to their freedom of religion.”

The young woman and her husband with their two children arrived Italy yesterday after leaving the US Embassy in Khartoum.

Meriam Ibrahim was accompanied to Rome by the Italian vice minister for foreign affairs Lapo Pistelli, below, but not much details have been given on the involvement of the Italian government.

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