Pope Francis said nothing about Kim Davis during his trip to the United States, and did not seem familiar with the Kentucky county clerk when asked about her case on his way back to Rome, but on Tuesday her attorneys at the Liberty Counsel claimed they had a secret meeting at the Vatican Embassy in D.C. Supposedly, the pontiff squeezed in a chat with Davis and her husband last Thursday, the same day he addressed a joint session of Congress, and they shared a hug. Pope Francis gave Davis and her husband, who are Apostolic Christians, two rosaries. She gave them to her parents, who are Catholic.
“Who am I to have this rare opportunity? I am just a county clerk who loves Jesus and desires with all my heart to serve him,” Davis said in the statement. “Pope Francis was kind, genuinely caring, and very personable. He even asked me to pray for him. Pope Francis thanked me for my courage and told me to ‘stay strong.’”
The Vatican revealed that the pope made an unannounced visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor, the group suing over Obamacare, hours after the meeting took place, but it has yet to confirm that he met with Davis. Mathew Staver, one of Davis’s attorneys, told the New York Times they agreed to keep the meeting secret until Pope Francis left the U.S. because, “[W]e didn’t want the pope’s visit to be focused on Kim Davis.”