Pope Francis Held Private Meeting With Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, recently met privately with Pope Francis. He told her "Thank you for your courage. Stay strong." Davis held his hands and replied, "I will. Please pray for me." The meeting took place on September 24 at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, had no comment but also did not deny the encounter took place. A released statement reads "The Holy See is aware of the reports of Kim Davis meeting with the Holy Father. The Vatican does not confirm the meeting, nor does it deny the meeting. There will be no further information given.”

Of the meeting, Davis said, "I was humbled to meet Pope Francis. Of all people, why me? I never thought I would meet the pope. Who am I to have this rare opportunity? I am just a county clerk who loves Jesus and desires with all my heart to serve him."

The Pope met with Davis and her husband, Joe. He spoke to them in English and presented them with two rosaries he had blessed. Davis went on to say "I was crying. I had tears coming out of my eyes. I'm just a nobody, so it was really humbling to think he would want to meet or know me."

Gov. Mike Huckabee and Davis supporter said “While the media elites were slobbering all over themselves because Pope Francis commented on climate change, the Pope was having a quiet and powerful meeting with a humble Apostolic county clerk from Kentucky.”

After his departure Sunday night, he held a press conference and told journalists aboard his plane that government officials had a "human right" to conscientiously object to signing same-sex marriage licenses.

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