If it weren't for her tremendous courage, bravery, and the compassion of Christians all over the world, Meriam Ibrahim would not be alive today.
Sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith, Meriam, her husband and their 2 children, toddler Martin and infant Maya who was born in prison, arrived in Italy on Thursday.
An Italian diplomat who accompanied the family from Sudan said Italy relied on its historic ties within the Horn of Africa region to negotiate Ibrahim's release.
Hours after the family arrived in Rome, Ibrahim, her husband and their children met privately with Pope Francis. Italy's premier declared a "day of celebration" after the family landed at Rome's Ciampino airport.
Meriam and her family will rest for a few days in Rome before traveling to the United States. Ironically, Meriam is leaving one oppressive country for another. She doesn't yet know that Christianity is under attack daily in the U.S. by the liberal media and our Muslim President Barack Obama.
In American schools, Meriam's children will be exposed to the homosexual agenda by liberally biased school teachers who suppress freedom of religion and teach that an unhealthy sexual lifestyle is "normal."
Welcome to America, Meriam!
from Yahoo News:
Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the pope "thanked her for her faith and courage, and she thanked him for his prayer and solidarity." Francis frequently calls attention to the suffering of those persecuted for their religious beliefs.
Lombardi said the presence of "their wonderful small children" added to the affectionate tone of the meeting. Video footage released by the Vatican shows the pope giving the family papal medals and rosaries.
Ibrahim held her sleeping infant as she stepped off the plane from Sudan, which had initially blocked her from leaving the country even after the country's highest court overturned her death sentence in June. An Italian diplomat carried her 18-month-old son, while her husband, Daniel Wani, who is disabled, joined them on the tarmac in a wheelchair.
Ibrahim and her family are expected to spend a few days in Rome before heading to the United States, where her husband is a citizen. Ibrahim's husband had lived in New Hampshire.
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