In a striking turn of events, CNN reports that the day before Pope Francis met Kim Davis in an organized, group meeting not arranged by the Vatican, The pope met with a past student, who has been in a same-sex relationship for over 19 years.
Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man, brought his partner, Iwan, as well several other friends to the Vatican Embassy on September 23 for a brief visit with the Pope. A video of the meeting shows Grassi and Francis greeting each other with a warm hug.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, Grassi declined to disclose details about the short visit, but said it was arranged personally by the Pope via email in the weeks ahead of Francis' highly anticipated visit to the United States.
"Three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug," Grassi said.
This news is following a week-long comentary on an alleged secret meeting the pontiff had with Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis that the Vatican this morning announced was misleading:
The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC has continued to provoke comments and discussion. In order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired I am able to clarify the foll
Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to
greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City. Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness and availability. The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.
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.
The video of the encounter is below, care of the New York Times: