The Vatican on Friday said that a September 24 meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis “should not be considered a form of support for her position.”

Davis is the elected clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky who 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 has said that issuing such licenses would violate her conscience.

On Wednesday, Davis, an Apostolic Christian, told ABC News that she had met with the pope: “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.”

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said in a statement that Francis met with “several dozen” people at the Vatican's embassy in Washington and that such meetings are part of any Vatican trip.

“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,” he said.

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.