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Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Die for Her Religion Is Finally Safe

12:29 PM, Jul 24, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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NBC News reports that Meriam Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death by a Sudanese court because she was a Christian, has made it to safety in Italy:

A mother put on death row for refusing to reject Christianity met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, just hours after she fled Sudan.

Meriam Ibrahim was flown out of the country with her American husband and two young children. She was blessed by the pontiff during a private audience and is expected to fly onto the United States in the next few days.

After an almost year-long ordeal that triggered outrage around the world, the State Department had been negotiating with Sudanese officials for weeks to secure the family's safe passage out of the country. Ibrahim, 27, has been sheltered at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum for almost a month.

Ibrahim was heavily pregnant when she was jailed in February after a member of the Muslim side of her family told authorities she had recently converted from Islam to marry her Christian husband. That crime is punishable by death under Sudan’s strict Islamic law. She argued that her Muslim father had abandoned the family when she was six and that she was raised by her Orthodox Christian mother and then married Daniel Wani, who lives in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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