During his visit to Washington, D.C. last week, Pope Francis had a secret meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who spent a few days in jail for defying a court order by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. According to Davis’ lawyer, Mathew Staver, she and her husband were snuck into the Vatican Embassy last Thursday, where they met with the Pope for about fifteen minutes. Staver said the pope thanked her for her courage, told her to “stay strong” and gave her rosaries. He said the Davises and Vatican officials had mutually agreed to keep the meeting secret until the pope had left the United States. Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed that the meeting took place, but declined to elaborate. On his plane trip home the Pope was asked by a TV reporter about government officials who refused to perform their duties because of religious objections to same-sex marriage. The pope declined to speak about specific cases but said “conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right.”
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