As Pope Francis was returning to Rome from his first trip to the United States, news broke of his Washington, D.C. meeting with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, famed for denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis and her legal team said that the pope told her to “stay strong,” telling ABC News. “Just knowing the pope is on track with what we’re doing, and agreeing, you know, kind of validates everything.”
The Vatican elaborated on Friday, denying that the meeting was a show of support of her anti-gay views: “Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City. Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness and availability. … The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.”
Another Vatican representative suggested that Pope Francis may not have understood “the impact” the visit might have in the United States, NPR said.
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