“Two months ago Meriam Ibrahim gave birth in chains on a Sudanese prison floor. Yet just a few days ago she held the baby, Maja, on her lap as she spoke to Pope Francis in the Vatican. The Holy See’s precise role in her release from Sudan is unclear. Britain, Canada and especially Italy certainly all helped her liberty. But it would not be at all surprising if senior Vatican diplomats, and perhaps Francis himself, had worked behind the scenes to achieve this happy outcome.
Meriam’s release should be the cause of much rejoicing, especially at such a dark time for Christians in disintegrating majority Muslim countries. But we must continue to seek freedom for those who languish outside the media spotlight. We think of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani mother of five who currently sits in a grim prison cell, feeling abandoned by the world, accused of the capital offence of blasphemy. We cannot rest while just one unjustly condemned Christian is in chains.”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue August 1 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).