Vatican clarifies Pope Francis, Kim Davis meeting

Pope Francis did not ask to meet the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Reuters reported.

Rather, she was one of dozens of people invited by the Vatican ambassador to meet Francis, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said.

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Davis, according to Lombardi, was in a line of people the pope met at the embassy before he left for New York.

It was not an official audience, Reuters reported.

The pope also didn't offer unconditional support, despite earlier reports. 

"The pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects," Lombardi said.

Davis was jailed for nearly a week in September for refusing to listen to a judge's order, and a Supreme Court ruling, that recognized same-sex marriage.

Davis says her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from approving the licenses. Her church is part of a Protestant movement known as Apostolic Pentecostalism, Reuters reported.

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