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Pope Francis Met With Kim Davis in Washington, D.C.

Kim Davis at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Kentucky, on Sept. 14, 2015
Kim Davis at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Kentucky, on Sept. 14, 2015.

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Update, 9:50 a.m.: The Vatican has confirmed that the meeting took place.

Original post, 9:12 a.m.: The attorney representing Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, says Davis met with Pope Francis at the Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. From the New York Times:

Francis gave her rosaries and told her to “stay strong,” the lawyer said.

Ms. Davis and her husband, Joe, were sneaked into the Vatican Embassy by car on Thursday afternoon, according to Ms. Davis’s lawyer, Mathew D. Staver. The couple met for about 15 minutes with the pope, who was accompanied by security, aides and photographers. Mr. Staver said he expected to receive photographs of the meeting from the Vatican soon.

Davis is a Pentecostal Apostolic Christian; her mother and father are Catholic, the Times says. (Francis is known for his openness to interaction with Pentecostal and other evangelical Protestant sects and has also welcomed “charismatic” evangelical-style worship within the Catholic Church itself.) Before the reported meeting with the Pope, Davis was already in Washington, D.C. last week to receive an award from the conservative Family Research Council.

In an interview during his return flight to Rome on Sunday, Francis seemed to endorse the rights of public officials to refuse to participate in same-sex marriage procedures but did not mention Davis by name.