Francis and Kim Davis
It's an edifying story.
Pope Francis met privately in Washington last week with Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who defied a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, adding a new element to an American tour that saw Francis attract huge crowds and articulate left-leaning positions on poverty, immigration, the environment and inequality.
On Tuesday night, her lawyer, Mathew D. Staver, said that Ms. Davis and her husband, Joe, were sneaked into the Vatican Embassy by car on Thursday afternoon. Francis gave her rosaries and told her to “stay strong,” the lawyer said. The couple met for about 15 minutes with the pope, who was accompanied by security guards, aides and photographers.
“I put my hand out and he reached and he grabbed it, and I hugged him and he hugged me,” Ms. Davis said Wednesday in an interview with ABC News. ‘Thank you for your courage.’”
“I had tears coming out of my eyes,” she said. “I’m just a nobody, so it was really humbling to think he would want to meet or know me.” - NYT
As most Catholics know, Pope Francis is against same sex marriage, so his encouragement to Kim Davis shouldn't surprise anyone.
“It was like touching the face of Jesus. I mean that.
He is a very warm, spiritual, loving man and he has the heart of Jesus.”
The Holy Father also received Mary Jo Copeland, a local woman who has dedicated her life to serving the poor.
*I say 'this just in' because the Vatican finally confirmed the meeting between the Pope and Davis.