VATICAN CITY — Vatican officials have discussed the possibility of a papal visit to New York with the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio.
The Italian-American politician, currently on a weeklong vacation to Italy, met Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin at the Vatican on Monday in what officials say was a “brief and private” meeting.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the encounter provided an “obvious” opportunity for the mayor to formally invite Pope Francis to visit the city next year. The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Ken Hackett, told NY1 news channel it was “very important for the mayor to come here to make this request.”
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