A Sudanese court sentenced Mariam Yehya
Ibrahim to death because of her Christian faith,
but now she�s arrived safely in Rome, where she
had a private meeting with Pope Francis.
The Vatican characterized the visit with Ibrahim,
27, her husband and their two small children as
The 30-minute encounter took place just hours
after the family landed at Rome�s Ciampino
airport, where they were greeted by Italian Prime
Minister Matteo Renzi. She will remain in the
European country �for a short time� before she
travels to the United States, the ministry added.
�Today we are very happy. � Today is a day for
celebration,� she said at the airport.
Sudanese authorities had convicted Ibrahim of
adultery and apostasy� or abandoning her faith
� because she rejected Islam and married a
Christian man. But those convictions were
overturned last month on appeal, after the case
gained widespread attention.
It wasn�t easy for Ibrahim and her husband,
American Daniel Wani, to leave the country. They
were accused of falsifying travel documents and
detained for two days at the airportin Sudan�s
capital, Khartoum, as they tried to travel to the
United States with their two children.
Italy agreed to help the couple secure US
passports for the trip after hearing her moving
story, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Lapo
At the Rome airport, Pistelli said the family was in
Ibrahim�s troubles started when one of her
Muslim relatives filed a criminal complaint
accusing her of marrying a Christian after she
was missing for many years. Born to a Muslim
father, she was still considered a Muslim by the
Sudanese court � even though she said she�s
always identified as a Christian.