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Sudanese Christian woman in apostasy case arrives in Rome

Rome (CNN) -- Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan for apostasy but subsequently pardoned, arrived in Rome on Thursday, the Italian Foreign Ministry said.

Ibrahim "will remain in Italy for a short time and then will travel on to the United States," the ministry said.

Ibrahim's conviction for apostasy and adultery was overturned last month on appeal, following weeks of international controversy.

She her husband, American Daniel Wani, were subsequently detained for two days after going to the airport in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, accused of falsifying travel documents. They were trying to fly to the United States with their baby daughter, who was born while Ibrahim was in prison, and toddler son.

Ibrahim and her family were greeted at the airport in Rome by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

In a brief statement to reporters at the airport, Renzi said, "Today we are very happy ... today is a day for celebration."

Speaking alongside him, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Lapo Pistelli said Ibrahim and her children were well and in "excellent condition."

He said Pope Francis had been informed Wednesday by the Prime Minister that the family was coming to Italy. "He expressed his gratitude and happiness," Pistelli said.

"Mariam and her two children will have important meetings in the following days and then they will travel to the United States."

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Joe B

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Now that is such wonderful news. God has been so clearly with her and her family throughout all this and I give thanks and praise to him for all his blessings upon them. :yeah:


That is very good news! Praising the Lord that He has rescued her and her family. \o/


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So many prayers by many, many Christians have gone up for this dear young woman and her family. So very thankful that God has seen her through this harrowing ordeal, and she's soon to be in the USA!!! :yeah: Praising and thanking God for His mercy! :pray:


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Thank you, Lord for freeing this woman and her children, keep them safe in Your hand and bless the family with peace in the future, in Jesus' name I pray, Amen. :pray:


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Praise God for His love and care for His child. I. Pray that her story magnifies God almighty and even one lost soul comes to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Glory to God