Vatican confirms Pope Francis met with gay student, partner

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is confirming that the only “audience” the pope had while he was in Washington was with a former student and his family: Yayo Grassi, an openly gay Argentine who visited Francis with his longtime partner and some friends.

The revelation Friday turned the table on the narrative of Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky law clerk who went to jail after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

The Vatican on Friday distanced Francis from Davis, saying his encounter with her was by no means an endorsement of her cause. In the same statement, the Vatican said the only real audience the pope had was with a former student.

A Vatican assistant spokesman, the Rev. Thomas Rosica, confirmed the student was Grassi. A video posted online shows Grassi embracing the pope and introducing him to his partner, as well as an Argentine woman and some Asian friends.