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Free from ordeal in Sudan, woman condemned for apostasy meets pope

Meeting a Sudanese woman who risked execution for not renouncing her Catholic faith, Pope Francis thanked Meriam Ibrahim for her steadfast witness to Christ.

The pope spent 30 minutes with Ibrahim, her husband and two small children on 24 July, just hours after she had arrived safely in Italy following a brutal ordeal of imprisonment and a death sentence for apostasy in Sudan.

Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told journalists that the encounter in the pope’s residence was marked by “affection” and “great serenity and joy”.

They had “a beautiful conversation”, during which the pope thanked Ibrahim for “her steadfast witness of faith”, the priest said.     [Full Story]


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