As BN earlier reported, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, the Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam, arrived Italy.
On arrival, the 27-year-old and her family were received at the pontiff’s guesthouse for not more than 30 minutes.
In a statement released by the Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, he said;
“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.”
Lomardi also said that Pope Francis wanted the meeting to have a symbolic aspect, “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.”
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