Embattled Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis says she had a private meeting with Pope Francis during his trip to America.
Davis, who previously spent six days behind bars after she refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, told ABC News: “I'm just a nobody, so it was really humbling to think he would want to meet or know me.”
She said she became emotional and “had tears coming out of my eyes.” She also told the outlet that Pope Francis gave her a renewed sense of purpose.
Davis said she met with the Pope at the Vatican Embassy while he was in Washington, D.C. last week. She said she traveled with her husband to the nation’s capital after they received a surprise phone call from a church official.
Father Benedettini from the Vatican Press Office released a statement following the reports that Davis met with the Pope in secret.
The statement said: “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.”
Last month, Davis was sent to jail after refusing a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples citing her religious beliefs in Rowan County, Kentucky. Davis is now back at work but is still not issuing the marriage licenses.
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