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    Pope Francis met with Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, Thursday after her surprise release from her home country and a flight to Rome with her husband and two children. Ms. Ibrahim, whose estranged father was Muslim but whose mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was sentenced to death over charges of apostasy and was being held in U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, until she was unexpectedly allowed to leave the country by Sudanese officials.


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    Pope Francis met with Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, Thursday after her surprise release from her home country and a flight to Rome with her husband and two children. Ms. Ibrahim, whose estranged father was Muslim but whose mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was sentenced to death over charges of apostasy and was being held in U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, until she was unexpectedly allowed to leave the country by Sudanese officials.


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    In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, with her daughter Maya in her arms, in his Santa Marta residence, at the Vatican, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including the infant born in prison. Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but whose mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was sentenced to death over charges of apostasy. She married her husband, a Christian, in a church ceremony in 2011. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)


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    Meriam Ibrahim in her room in a Khartoum prison with her 18-month-old son Martin and her baby girl that she gave birth to in jail. Her initial death sentence for aposty was cancelled, but while trying to come to the U.S. with her husband, an American, she was arrested again. (Associated Press)


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    Meriam Ibrahim in her room in a Khartoum prison with her 18-month-old son Martin and her baby girl that she gave birth to in jail. Her initial death sentence for aposty was cancelled, but while trying to come to the U.S. with her husband, an American, she was arrested again. (Associated Press)


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    A wedding photo of Daniel Wani and Meriam Ibrahim


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    ** FILE ** In this file image made from an undated video provided Thursday, June 5, 2014, by Al Fajer, a Sudanese nongovernmental organization, Meriam Ibrahim, sitting next to Martin, her 18-month-old son, holds her newborn baby girl that she gave birth to in jail last week, as the NGO visits her in a room at a prison in Khartoum, Sudan. (AP Photo/Al Fajer, File)


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    FILE - In this file image made from an undated video provided Thursday, June 5, 2014, by Al Fajer, a Sudanese nongovernmental organization, Meriam Ibrahim, sitting next to Martin, her 18-month-old son, holds her newborn baby girl that she gave birth to in jail last week, as the NGO visits her in a room at a prison in Khartoum, Sudan. Sudan's official news agency, SUNA, said the Court of Cassation in Khartoum on Monday, June 23, canceled the death sentence against 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim after defense lawyers presented their case. The court ordered her release. (AP Photo/Al Fajer, File)


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    FILE - In this file image made from an undated video provided Thursday, June 5, 2014, by Al Fajer, a Sudanese nongovernmental organization, Meriam Ibrahim, sitting next to Martin, her 18-month-old son, holds her newborn baby girl that she gave birth to in jail last week, as the NGO visits her in a room at a prison in Khartoum, Sudan. Sudan's official news agency, SUNA, said the Court of Cassation in Khartoum on Monday, June 23, canceled the death sentence against 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim after defense lawyers presented their case. The court ordered her release. (AP Photo/Al Fajer, File)


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