Pope secretly met with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis

(NVO) – There were plenty of public appearances for the Pope during his historic visit to the U.S.

But there was one meeting that no one saw.

Pope Francis secretly met with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Her attorney says the pope shared words of encouragement during the meeting with Davis and her husband at the Vatican embassy in D.C. last Thursday.

MAT STAVER, ATTORNEY FOR KIM DAVIS

“The fact that he met with Kim Davis sends a message that he is someone who stands with those individuals who are standing behind their religious convictions.”

In a statement, the Rowan County clerk says the experience was humbling.

“Who am I to have this rare opportunity? I am just a county clerk who loves Jesus.”

NATS: POPE

The pope, speaking to reporters on his flight back to the Vatican, said government officials had a “human right” to refuse to discharge a duty if they felt it violated their conscience.