Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis said Wednesday that she and her husband met privately with Pope Francis last week in Washington D.C.

The Vatican has confirmed that the meeting took place.

Davis earlier this month spent five days in jail for refusing to comply with the Supreme Court's summer ruling striking down gay marriage bans in all 50 states. Davis said that issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples would violate her conscience.

“I was crying. I had tears coming out of my eyes,” Davis told ABC News. “I'm just a nobody, so it was really humbling to think he would want to meet or know me.”

On his return trip to Rome, Francis told reporters that government workers have a “human right” to refuse to participate in a duty if they feel doing so would violate their conscience, which seemed like an endorsement of Davis' actions.

(Related: Pope Francis: Kim Davis has “human right” to refuse gay couples.)

“I put my hand out and he reached and he grabbed it, and I hugged him and he hugged me. And he said, 'thank you for your courage,'” Davis said.

“He told me before he left, he said, 'stay strong.' That was a great encouragement. Just knowing that the pope is on track with what we're doing, it kind of validates everything to have someone of that stature.”