Meriam Ibrahim, a 27-year-old mother of two and wife to an American citizen who was sentenced to death in May, left Khartoum, Sudan for Rome, Italy Wednesday. Since, her family has enjoyed their restored freedoms, been received by Pope Francis at the Vatican, and announced their intent to travel to the United States this week. When asked to comment, Meriam told Italian newspaper La Repubblica, “I have always wanted and only wanted my faith.”
07/28/2014 Italy (Christian Today) – Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman who has escaped Sudan after her death sentence for apostasy was repealed, is to settle in the US with her extended family.
“We will begin a new life…We will go to New Hampshire where my brother-in-law Gabriel lives,” she told Antonella Napoli, head of Italians for Darfur.
“They will help us. We will be all together as a true family.”
Ibrahim, who was quoted in Italian newspaper La Repubblica, was flown to Rome last week where she was given a 30 minute audience with Pope Francis; an experience Ibrahim called the fulfilment of a “lifelong dream”.
The Pontiff reportedly thanked her for her “witness to faith” and “perseverance”.
“I have always wanted and only wanted my faith. The love of my husband is a gift from God,” Ibrahim said following the meeting.