Meriam Ibrahim met the Pope today. These courageous women escaped from Sudan. She had been tortured, beaten, sentenced to death, forced to deliver her baby while bound in chains on the floor of a cold jail cell, released, returned to present, sought asylum in the American Embassy in Sudan and finally was released for good. She is on her way to the United States to join her husband, an American citizen.
This faithful woman’s crime was being a Christian. And her treatment in Sudan is echoed around the world every day as Christians are persecuted and killed by the thousands each year. Perhaps we are on the road to a global religious war. But today, the sight of a woman and her baby meeting the Holy Father gives me hope.