Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, met with Pope Francis last week during his visit to the U.S., NBC and CBS reported Tuesday.
Attorney Mat Staver said the two met briefly Thursday at the Vatican Nunciature, or embassy, in Washington, D.C.
The networks said that they had not verified Staver’s comments with Vatican officials.
Staver said Francis spoke to Davis in English and asked her to pray for him. He said Davis, in return, asked the pope to pray for her. The pope told her to stay strong, the lawyer said.
In a statement released to NBC, Davis said she was “humbled” to be invited to meet with the pope.
“Who am I to have this rare opportunity?” the statement said. “I am just a county clerk who loves Jesus and desires with all my heart to serve him.”
Davis, a court clerk in Rowan County, was jailed for several days after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples despite the Supreme Court’s ruling making same-sex marriage legal nationwide. Davis said such marriages violate her Apostolic Christian faith.
While on the flight home from his visit to the U.S., Francis was asked about Davis’ case. He said he didn’t know the case in detail, but said, “conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right.”