‘Thank you for you courage’: Pope Francis held private audience with Kim Davis
The Pope met privately with Kim Davis and her husband, Joe, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Sept. 24.[According to published reports, the Vatican reached out privately to Kim Davis who was recently imprisoned for her refusal to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples.]
During the meeting Pope Francis said, “Thank you for your courage.” Pope Francis also told Kim Davis, “Stay strong.” He held out his hands and asked Kim to pray for him. Kim held his hands and said, “I will. Please pray for me,” and the Pope said he would. The two embraced. The Pontiff presented Kim and Joe Davis each with a Rosary that he personally blessed. Kim’s mother and father are Catholic. Kim’s mother was the elected Clerk of Court for Rowan County for 37 years until her retirement in 2014.
Kim Davis said, “I was humbled to meet Pope Francis. Of all people, why me?” Davis continued, “I never thought I would meet the Pope. Who am I to have this rare opportunity?
“The challenges we face in America regarding the sanctity of human life, marriage, and religious freedom are the same universal challenges Christians face around the world,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Religious freedom is a human right that comes from God. These values are shared in common by people of faith, and the threats to religious freedom are universal.”
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