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Persecuted Sudanese Woman Reaches Rome

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for renouncing Islam, has made it to Rome with her family. Ibrahim arrived Thursday en route to the U.S. and was greeted by Italy’s prime minister. Later on Thursday, she met with Pope Francis. The Vatican described the meeting as "very affectionate." After Ibrahim was sentenced under Sharia law to 100 lashings and hanging for apostasy, global outcry put pressure on the Sudanese government to free her. Ibrahim gave birth to a second child while incarcerated. Ibrahim was released but rearrested while trying to leave the country. Finally, she, her American husband, and two children took refuge in the U.S. embassy.