Pope replaces US ambassador who arranged meeting with Kim Davis

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VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of his ambassador to the United States, who was behind Francis’ controversial meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than comply with a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano submitted his resignation in January after he reached the mandatory retirement age for bishops.

On Tuesday, Francis accepted it and named his ambassador to Mexico, the French Monsignor Christophe Pierre, to replace him.

Vigano had invited Davis to be among those greeting Francis in the Vatican embassy in Washington last September during his visit. Her lawyer caused an uproar when he announced the meeting, describing it as papal affirmation of Davis’ approach to conscientious objection. The Vatican insisted the meeting wasn’t an endorsement.

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