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Pope secretly met Kentucky clerk in gay marriage row

by on September 30, 2015

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(Reuters) – A Kentucky county clerk who had been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples secretly met Pope Francis during his visit to the United States last week, a meeting she called greatly encouraging.

The Vatican confirmed the pope’s meeting in a brief statement on Wednesday.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her husband met the pope during the Washington leg of his U.S. visit, she and her lawyer told American media.

The Davis couple traveled to Washington and met the pope at the Vatican embassy last Thursday, ABC News and CBS News reported.

“It was really very humbling to even think that he would want to, you know, meet me or know me,” Davis told ABC. “I put my hand out, and he grabbed it, and I hugged him, and he hugged me and he said, ‘Thank you for your courage’.”


“He told me before he left, he said, ‘Stay strong.’ That was a great encouragement,” Davis said.
Davis said knowing that the pope agreed with what she was doing “kind of validates everything.”

ABC reported that the pope gave Davis a rosary, which she plans to give to her Catholic parents.
The Vatican has not yet released pictures and it was not clear if they would.

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  1. Anonymous permalink

    this Pope is a socialist wuss..
    instead of photo-op w/ Obamacon..
    his 1st stop should’ve been w/ this woman, & trumpeting religious rights..
    then maybe a stop to see Bacrock and rip him a new one for his attacks on Christianity..

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