"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim: Facing death, she relied on her faith

"I am not the only one suffering from this problem. There are many Meriams in Sudan and throughout the world.” -Meriam Ibrahim

Meriam Ibrahim, AP File Photo
MANCHESTER, AP News- New Hampshire — The Sudanese woman imprisoned for refusing to reject Christianity said in a televised interview airing Monday night that she was resolved to keep her faith even if it meant death.

Meriam Ibrahim, who now lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, was sentenced to death over charges of apostasy, the abandonment of a religion. Her father was Muslim, and her mother was an Orthodox Christian. She married Daniel Wani, a Christian from southern Sudan, in 2011. Muslim women in Sudan are prohibited from marrying non-Muslims, and children must follow their fathers’ religions.

In an interview on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File,” Ibrahim said she was given three days to recant her faith after being found guilty.

“While I was in prison, some people came to visit me from the Muslim Scholars Association,” she said, according to a transcript provided by Fox ahead of the broadcast. “These were imams that created an intervention by reciting parts of the Koran for me. I faced a tremendous amount of pressure.

“I had my trust in God,” she said. “My faith was the only weapon that I had in these confrontations with imams and Muslim scholars, because that’s what I believe.”

Sudan initially blocked Ibrahim from leaving the country even after its highest court overturned her death sentence in June. The family took refuge at the US Embassy in Khartoum. The family returned to Manchester on Aug. 1.

Manchester, a city of 110,000 residents about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Boston, has been a magnet for immigrants and refugees for decades. There are about 500 Sudanese living in the city.

Ibrahim was pregnant during her imprisonment and said her daughter, Maya, was born under difficult conditions.

“I was supposed to give birth at a hospital outside of prison but they denied that request as well,” she said. “When it was time to give birth, they refused to remove the chains from my ankles. So I had to give birth with chains on my ankles.”

She said in the Fox interview that she refused to bend to her captors’ demands.

“If I did that that would mean that I gave up,” she said. “It’s my right to follow the religion of my choice. I am not the only one suffering from this problem. There are many Meriams in Sudan and throughout the world.”

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