07/24/2014, 00.00
Send to a friend

Pope meets Meriam, thanks her for her courageous witness of faith

Today at Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis received the Sudanese woman, jailed in recent months for her faith, together with her husband and two sons. "Francis wanted to express his closeness, concern and prayers for all those who suffer for their faith," said Father Lombardi.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - During a friendly meeting, which lasted about half an hour in a serene and tender atmosphere, the Pope thanked Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag for her testimony of perseverance in the faith.

The Holy See Press Office director Fr Federico Lombardi confirmed rumours that the pope might greet the Sudanese woman who had been in prison for months.

After her release, Meriam flew to Italy today. In Rome, at "1 pm, at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Holy Father Francis received Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag," the Holy See Press Office statement said, "the Sudanese Christian woman jailed in recent months."

"Meriam was accompanied by her husband Daniel Wani and their two small children, Martin a year and a half, and Maya, born in prison two months ago." They were accompanied by Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli.

Thanks to the good offices of the Italian government, Ms Ibrahim was able to leave Sudan for Italy. From here, she and her family will move to the United States.

"The meeting lasted a little less than half an hour and took place in a very serene and affectionate atmosphere."

"The pope thanked Meriam and her family for the courageous witness of perseverance in the faith. Meriam was grateful for the great support and comfort received from the Pope's prayers and from many other believers and people of good will."

With this gesture, Fr Lombardi said, "the Pope wanted to show his closeness, concern and prayers for all those who suffer for their faith and especially for Christians who suffer persecution or restrictions on religious freedom".

Send to a friend
Printable version
See also
Meriam free at last in Rome where she could meet the Pope
Pope talks about the Middle East, the Holy Land and the food crisis with Bush
China "ready for anything" to free workers abducted in South Sudan
Pope Francis in Juba: no more conflicts, it's time to build
03/02/2023 20:15
Pope hopes to go to South Sudan with the Archbishop of Canterbury
14/11/2019 09:16


Subscribe to Asia News updates or change your preferences

Subscribe now
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”