Meriam Ibrahim arrives safely in Italy; will meet the Pope

Here follows a column by Allen West. I reprint the whole without comment, not trusting myself to speak.

With all the horrible news for Christians in Iraq and elsewhere, there is one bright spot.

While we slept, Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim arrived in Italy. As the UK Telegraph reports, the 27-year-old woman, who was spared a death sentence for apostasy in June for refusing to renounce Christianity, landed in Rome where she is to meet Pope Francis before traveling to the U.S.

I know she will appreciate all of you who prayed for her and her children and her perseverance through an almost year long-ordeal. Ibrahim and her family were flown to Italy in a government aircraft to Rome accompanied by Italy’s deputy minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli, who flew to Sudan to collect her late Wednesday.

There are many more Christians in Sudan who deserve our prayers. As the Telegraph reports, “Olivia Warham, director of Waging Peace, a UK NGO that campaigns against genocide and systematic human rights violations in Sudan, said millions of Sudanese Christians faced daily brutality and ethnic cleansing by the Sudanese regime.”

“Three years ago President Omar al-Bashir made it plain there would be no room for non-Muslims in his Islamist Sudan. He has been good to his word, crushing dissent and systematically killing ethnic and religious minorities. Regular aerial bombardment by the Sudanese armed forces destroys communities and Christian hospitals, forcing people to flee from their fields to hide in the Nuba mountains,” she said.”

“It is shocking that Bashir’s ideology of elimination provokes nothing more than the occasional words of regret from the international community, when we should be applying targeted smart sanctions on the architects of these atrocities.” As we reported yesterday, there is scant comment on the complete elimination of Christians in the Mosul in Iraq.

The Italian government and the Vatican led the way in securing Ibrahim’s release, something I wish our own American government had done. As we’ve written here, she is married to a naturalized American citizen and therefore her two children are American citizens.

I hope she is given the same compassion here in America – legally — as those who are entering illegally.

16 Comments

  1. Comment by Mrs. Wright:

    ;-)

  2. Comment by Mary:

    O God, we praise Thee, and acknowledge Thee to be the supreme Lord.
    Everlasting Father, all the earth worships Thee.
    All the Angels, the heavens and all angelic powers,
    All the Cherubim and Seraphim, continuously cry to Thee:
    Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!
    Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.
    The glorious choir of the Apostles,
    The wonderful company of Prophets,
    The white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee.
    Holy Church throughout the world acknowledges Thee:
    The Father of infinite Majesty;
    Thy adorable, true and only Son;
    Also the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
    O Christ, Thou art the King of glory!
    Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
    When Thou tookest it upon Thyself to deliver man,
    Thou didst not disdain the Virgin’s womb.
    Having overcome the sting of death, Thou opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all
    believers.
    Thou sitest at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father.
    We believe that Thou willst come to be our Judge.
    We, therefore, beg Thee to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy
    Precious Blood.
    Let them be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory.

  3. Comment by Zaklog the Great:

    The news stories didn’t mention her children. Does anyone know anything about that? Did they come with her or were she forced to leave them behind?

  4. Comment by Nostreculsus:

    The Italian government and the Vatican led the way in securing Ibrahim’s release, something I wish our own American government had done.

    When Nostreculsus had heard these words, he bowed to the saint and said: “Let me hurry hence lest I take aught away from you!”–And thus they parted from one another, the old man and Zarathustra, laughing like schoolboys.

    When Nostreculsus was alone, however, he said to his heart: “Could it be possible! This old saint in the pinelands has not yet heard of it, that this American government does not protect Christians, nor Jews.”

  5. Comment by Sean Michael:

    I too am very glad Meriam Ibrahim and her children escaped from Sudan. And DISGUSTED that our US government did not have either the courage or willingness to do what the Holy See and Italy did to rescue this family.

    I think the coming century will be marked by wars and civil wars with fanatical Muslims by those non Mohammedans (whether or not they are Christians) unwilling to become meek, cowed dhimmis in Europe and America.

    May we get new heroes like Leo III the Isaurian, Charles Martel, St. Ferdinand III of Castile, Dmitry of the Don, Don John of Austria, and King John Sobieski of Poland! These warriors defeated or drove back Islam!

    Sean M. Brooks

    • Comment by John Hutchins:

      “I think the coming century will be marked by wars and civil wars with fanatical Muslims”

      Given Wahhabism, I think you can end your sentence right there and be completely accurate. ISIS has killed Sunni (which is the major division that they are a part of) clerics, and destroyed the tomb of the prophet Jonah, which was a Sunni Mosque and sacred to all Islam. Not to worry at all though, they are completely consistent in that they have previously tried to destroy Mecca and Medina and would attempt to destroy the Dome of the Rock if they had sufficient presence in the West Bank. The house of Saud supports Wahhabism, but also has protected the holy places of Islam (so far).

      It is completely accurate to say that Iran which has said they wish to destroy Israel and called us Satan is more tolerant, rational, less likely to force conversion or kill those of other religions, and a more natural ally than Saudi Arabia is to either Israel or the US.

      • Comment by Sean Michael:

        Mr. Hutchins:

        I don’t agree with your comments about Iran. MY view is that the Shia Mullahs and Ayatollahs in Tehran are just as nasty and fanatical in their way as are the goons of ISIS. IOW, just as intolerant, irrational, and likely to force unwilling “conversions” as are the Sunnis of ISIS. They differ only on the tactics and means to be used in imposing either brand of their Mohammedan death cult on the world.

        Sean M. Brooks

        • Comment by John Hutchins:

          In Syria and Lebanon the Christians have sided with the Iranian backed governments. In Iran itself the Christians are allowed to exist; but trying to convert Muslims to Christianity is not.

          That we are debating which one is more monstrous though is quite telling though.

  6. Comment by Sean Michael:

    Mr. Hutchins:

    Christians in Syria/Lebanon HAVE to back secularist minded dictators like Bashar Assad because the only other alternative, rule by fanatical Mohammedans, is so much worse. Amd the more Assad has to lean on Iranian backing, I can’t help wonder how long he can fend off Iranian demands based on the tenets of the Shias. Which, of course, may well be one reason he takea assistance from Russia, to counterbalance Iranian influence and pressures.

    I checked, and the tiny minority of mostly foreign born Catholics in Iran are grudgingly allowed to practice their faith as long as they don’t try to convert Mohammedans. But always, I’m sure, under malign and hostile observation by the secret police.

    Right now, oddly, I would consider ISIS slightly less monstrous than the regime in Iran because the former has not YET firmly set up its new caliphate. But both are monstrous and evil.

    Sean M. Brooks

  7. Comment by Suburbanbanshee:

    She and the family are moving to New Hampshire, to live with her brother Gabriel.

    State motto: Live Free or Die.

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