The public didn’t seem to believe that Kim Davis had a private meeting with Pope Francis when he was in the United States last week. The Vatican initially declined to verify if Davis did meet with the leader of the Catholic church. According to CNN on Wednesday, the Vatican has now confirmed that Kim Davis and her husband had a private meeting with Pope Francis.
Davis’ legal team said in a statement on the Liberty Counsel website that the Kentucky clerk who spent six days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, met last Thursday at the Vatican Embassy in Washington. The New York Times reported that Matthew D. Staver said his client and her husband, Joe, were sneaked into the Vatican Embassy by car on Thursday afternoon.
The couple met for about 15 minutes with the pope, who was accompanied by security guards, aides, and photographers. Staver said he expected to receive photographs of the meeting from the Vatican soon, and those pictures will prove that the meeting did take place.
During the meeting, Davis asked Pope Francis to pray for her, and then the pope asked Davis to pray for him. Pope Francis gave her and her husband rosaries, thanked her for her courage and told her to “stay strong.” Davis gave the rosaries to her mother and father, who are Catholics.
NPR reported that the meeting took place last Thursday, the same day Pope Francis addressed Congress. Davis was in Washington for another purpose. She received a Cost of Discipleship award at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit on Friday night. Davis is back at work, but she still is not issuing any marriage licenses. She says she is committed to her cause, even if it means spending more time behind bars.