Mayor Bill de Blasio meets with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Monday. Credit: Mayor's Office
Mayor Bill de Blasio preached for Pope Francis to visit New York City at the Vatican on Monday.
While the pope was too busy for a sit-down, the mayor met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state and a top deputy to the Catholic leader, during his vacation in Italy.
"We understand no one has a more difficult schedule in the world than the pope and nothing definitive was decided in the meeting, but Cardinal Parolin was very open to the request," de Blasio said.
New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the mayor have been working in the last few months for a papal visit, but they're not alone.
A delegation from Philadelphia recently went the Vatican and federal officials also invited the pope to Washington, D.C.
"For the mayor to come specifically to invite the Holy Father to New York City, that was important," said Ken Hackett, the U.S Ambassador to the Vatican.
The mayor and Parolin also discussed immigration during the meeting, including the city's new municipal identification cards for undocumented New Yorkers, as well as the influx of children coming to the United States from Central America.