Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope


ROME: A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the United States. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were received by the Argentine pontiff at his home for a 30-minute meeting on Thursday (Friday in Manila) in which he thanked her for her “courageous testament of faith” and her “tenacity,” the Vatican said in a statement. Ishag and her American husband Daniel Wani in turn thanked Francis for the “great support and comfort” they had taken from “the pope’s and many other believers’ prayers.”



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