Lawyers for Kim Davis are claiming that the Pope had a private sit down with the county clerk
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Lawyers for Kim Davis – the Kentucky county clerk who’s been in headlines for refusing to grant same-sex marriage licenses, are claiming that Pope Francis held a private meeting with her during his U.S. visit.

According to the Liberty Counsel, which is representing the clerk, she met with Pope Francis on Thursday in Washington D.C., the same day that he issued his historic speech to congress.

While the Vatican has yet to weigh in on whether or not a meeting actually took place – critics of Davis have previously questioned the statements of her legal team, including a September report from her lawyers that claimed 100,000 Christians had rallied for her in Peru.

A statement from the Liberty Counsel claims that Davis “was humbled to meet Pope Francis.”

“Of all people, why me,” she said. “I never thought I would meet the Pope. Who am I to have this rare opportunity? I am just a County Clerk who loves Jesus and desires with all my heart to serve him.

“Pope Francis was kind, genuinely caring, and very personable. He even asked me to pray for him. Pope Francis thanked me for my courage and told me to ‘stay strong.'”

The public first became familiar with Davis when she caught the national media’s attention for denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the supreme court ruled in favor of marriage equality.

Since then, Davis has spent six days in jail, but still refuses to issue the licenses and doesn’t believe she should have to resign from her position.