This was the only real audience granted by the Pope when he was staying at the Nunciature -- with one of his former students and his family:
Much was made this week over Pope Francis’ apparent private meeting with anti-gay marriage activist Kim Davis. In fact, Mike Huckabee called it a turning point in the fight against “judicial tyranny.” But now we have learned that the pope also met with a gay couple in Washington, D.C. one day earlier.
CNN’s Daniel Burke reports:
The day before Pope Francis met anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis in Washington last week, he held a private meeting with a longtime friend from Argentina who has been in a same-sex relationship for 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.
“Three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug,”Yayo Grassi told CNN. “He has never been judgmental,” he added. “He has never said anything negative.”