LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is talking about the meeting she had with Pope Francis earlier this year.

"He was standing and he said, 'I want to thank you for your courage and ask you to pray for me,'" Davis said. "I took his hands in my hands and I said,  'I will pray for you, and I ask you to pray for me.' And, um, he grinned. He spoke to me in English."

"And he presented my husband and I with a rosary," she added. "And he said, 'Stay strong.' He told me to stay strong. And then they turned and they left."

Davis made international headlines for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She spent six days in jail for refusing to issue licenses.

She says she gave the rosaries from Pope Francis to her parents, who are devout Catholics.

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