Transcript for EXCLUSIVE: Kim Davis Recounts Secret Meeting With Pope Francis
Thanks very much. To that secret meeting between Kim Davis and pope Francis. The Kentucky county clerk who refuses to license same-sex marriage says the meeting happened in Washington last week and this morning she's talking about it for the first time. ABC's Paula Faris here with that story. Good morning. You know, Kim Davis told me this was always about her religious liberty and conscience and apparently has pope Francis in her corner. We're told the Vatican reached out to her and arranged this secret meeting with her and until now they've kept it under wraps. With enthusiastic crowds lining the streets from New York to D.C., the pope seemed to strike just the right note with Americans on his visit. But now this morning reports of a secret meeting with Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who defied a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But it was really very humbling to even think that he would want to, you know, meet me or know me. Reporter: She and her husband met the pope during the Washington leg of his trip she says after receiving a surprise phone call from a Vatican official. I put my hand out and he reached and he grabbed it and I hugged him and he hugged me and he said thank you for your courage. Reporter: After being jailed for six days, Davis is now back at work but still not issuing any marriage licenses, a stance pope Francis voiced his support for during a press conference on his flight back to Rome. Do you support those kinds of claims of religious liberty? Reporter: Telling ABC's terry Moran. Conscientious objective is a human right even for government officials. Before he left he said, stay strong. That was a great encouragement just knowing that the pope is on track, you know, with what we're doing and agreeing, you know, kind of validates everything. Reporter: According to Davis and her lawyer Vatican officials stayed mum on the meeting because they didn't want the pope's visit to be focused on Kim Davis. Davis saying the pope left her with a rosary and a renewed commitment to her cause. I've weighed the cost and I'm prepared to do whatever it takes. Reporter: And Kim Davis plans on giving that rosary to her parents who are catholic, of course, she is not. At this point the Vatican is not confirming nor denying it ?'M I on the edge ? And striking out. On E fan's very bad it's one, two, three strikes he's out the old ball game and what the team did to help him.
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