Despite misleading claims, some from Kim Davis herself, asserting that the pope's meeting implied some form of support, a Vatican spokesperson has now issued a statement to the Associated Press firmly asserting the opposite:
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.
A spokesman from the Vatican has now confirmed the meeting to the New York Times, though he declined to offer any further details:
On Wednesday, the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed the meeting, but he declined to elaborate. “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no other comments to add,” he said.
Mr. Staver said that Vatican officials had been aware of Ms. Davis, and that the meeting had been arranged through them — not through bishops or the bishops’ conference in the United States. He would not identify the Vatican officials.
See original story from 09/29/15 below.
Her attorney Mat Staver claims she met with Pope Francis on September 24 at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C. He told CBS News that the meeting lasted about 10 minutes and that Pope Francis told her to “stay strong.” He went on to say that the Pope gifted Davis and her husband with rosaries he had blessed. Swell.
If you're looking for photos from the supposed meeting, you're out of luck. According to Staver, they’re in possession of the Vatican. What we can verify is that Pope Francis did visit the United States last week and he did say he didn’t know the details of her case.
The Vatican has not confirmed that this meeting ever took place.