Pope to replace diplomat who set up his meeting with Kim Davis

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The Pope is to replace an envoy who set up a controversial meeting with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.

During his visit to the United States last September, Pope Francis held a one-on-one meeting with Davis, the clerk from Kentucky who attempted to block same-sex weddings from taking place.

The Catholic Church has ever since attempted to play down the meeting – which it initially denied even took place – with insiders suggesting that the Pope was caught unaware and had not been fully informed ahead of the meeting.
Pope to replace diplomat who set up his meeting with Kim Davis
Reports have emerged this week that the Pope will soon name a new Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, succeeding Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò – who was caught up in the Davis controversy.

According to Christian Today, sources suggest that Viganò – who has been Apostolic Nuncio since 2011 – will be replaced by the French-born Archbishop Christophe Pierre.

The Vatican insisted previously of the Pope’s meeting with Davis: “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.”

As Vatican sources attempted to play down the meeting, it was reported that the Pope hugging a gay friend elsewhere during his US visit.

The backtracking came despite words from the Pontiff himself – who appeared to back Davis while speaking to reporters on his flight home, when asked about her case.