In a better world, the anti-gay marriage Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis would have slipped mercifully from the public spotlight like Rachel Dolezal or that pop-punk loving teenager who tried to "protect" the Ferguson police. Instead, Davis has soldiered on, braving jail and mocking billboards and parody Twitter accounts in a holy quest to serve her God and uphold the sanctity of marriage.
The County Clerk's crusade has now reached new heights, after she apparently met with Pope Francis during his recent tour of the US.
The New York Times reports that Vatican officials confirmed the meeting, which took place at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, DC, last Thursday, according to Davis's lawyer. The lawyer also said that Pope Francis told Davis to "stay strong" and gifted her with some rosary beads.
"I put my hand out and he reached and he grabbed it, and I hugged him and he hugged me," Davis told ABC News. "And he said, 'Thank you for your courage.'"