FREE AT LAST- Iconic Sudanese Christian Woman Meets With Pope

FREE AT LAST- Iconic Sudanese Christian Woman Meets With Pope

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Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian mother from Sudan who became a global icon for Christians when she refused to renounce her faith even after she was placed on death row for it, was blessed by Pope Francis at the Vatican just hours after she finally fled Sudan after a protracted fight for her freedom.

A report from the Official Vatican Network, NEWS.VA, said Meriam met with Pope Francis in the Casa Santa Marta and was accompanied by her husband, Daniel Wani, her son Martin, 1 ½, and her daughter Maya who she gave birth to in prison just two months ago while shackled. Italian Deputy Foreign Minister, Lapo Pistelli, who helped arrange her flight from Sudan and travelled with her to Italy, was also present.

Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, head of the Vatican Press Office, said the meeting happened in a “very serene and affectionate” environment. Pope Francis praised Meriam for her “courageous witness to perseverance in the Faith.”

Meriam and her family had been greeted earlier by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at Rome’s Ciampino airport and he called her escape ”a day of celebration.”


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