Vatican quiet on claim pope met with Kim Davis

USA Today

Melanie Eversley and John Bacon, USA TODAY September 30, 2015

The Vatican on Wednesday declined to confirm or deny a claim by controversial Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis that she met with Pope Francis on Thursday during his U.S. visit.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi declined to comment on the claim. The pope was in Washington for most of Thursday, flying to New York later in the day. Davis, the clerk of courts for Rowan County, and her husband, Joe Davis, met the pope at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, lawyer Mat Staver told USA TODAY.

Davis made national news after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, claiming it would have conflicted with her Christian beliefs. She spent five nights in jail and was allowed to return to work when she agreed not to interfere with the issuance of licenses. Davis said in a news release that she was humbled by the meeting.

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