Vatican denies pope supports US anti-marriage clerk

October 2, 2015 9:43 AM

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Davis, a born-again Christian, met with the pontiff in September while he was in Washington, and told American media that Francis had hugged her and urged her to “stay strong”, saying “thank you for your courage”.

But after widespread media coverage of Davis’s description of the encounter, the Vatican issued a rare statement in which spokesman Federico Lombardi said the meeting was not an endorsement.

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