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Vatican: Pope's visit with Kim Davis not a form of support for her position

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, file photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky. Davis, who spent five days in jail for defying a series of federal court orders, filed a lawsuit against Gov. Steve Beshear, alleging he violated her religious freedom by asking clerks to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, which effectively legalized gay marriage across the nation. Beshear reiterated a request Tuesday, Sept. 29, that a judge toss the suit. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, file photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky. Davis, who spent five days in jail for defying a series of federal court orders, filed a lawsuit against Gov. Steve Beshear, alleging he violated her religious freedom by asking clerks to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, which effectively legalized gay marriage across the nation. Beshear reiterated a request Tuesday, Sept. 29, that a judge toss the suit. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2015 file photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky. On Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, the Vatican distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the focal point in the gay marriage debate in the U.S., saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted in the U.S. and that their Sept. 24 encounter at the Vatican's embassy in Washington "should not be considered a form of support of her position." Davis, an Apostolic Christian, spent five days in jail for defying a series of federal court orders to issue same-sex marriage licenses after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the country.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2015 file photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky. On Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, the Vatican distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the focal point in the gay marriage debate in the U.S., saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted in the U.S. and that their Sept. 24 encounter at the Vatican's embassy in Washington "should not be considered a form of support of her position." Davis, an Apostolic Christian, spent five days in jail for defying a series of federal court orders to issue same-sex marriage licenses after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the country. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Vatican says Pope Francis' meeting with Kim Davis "should not be considered a form of support of her position."

After days of confusion, the Vatican issued a statement Friday clarifying Francis' Sept. 24 meeting with Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky who has become a focal point in the gay marriage debate in the U.S. because of her refusal to sign marriage licenses for gay couples.

The Vatican said Francis met with many people during his U.S. stay, due to his "kindness and availability."

The statement said: "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."