Huffpost Religion

Bil De Blasio Meets Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican No. 2, To Discuss Migration Issues

Posted: Updated:
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, shares a word with Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, at the Vatican, Monday, July 21, 2014. ] | ASSOCIATED PRESS

VATICAN CITY (AP) — New York City's mayor has paid a call on Pope Francis' top aide to discuss migration issues.

During his holiday in Rome, Mayor Bill de Blasio met Monday with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the two explored approaches to migration.

Parolin recently returned from a meeting in Mexico dedicated to migration issues and human rights.

Pope Francis has called for "urgent intervention" to protect migrant minors crossing into the United States on their own. Earlier this month, De Blasio signed a measure offering ID cards to city residents regardless of immigration status.

Lombardi said the chat also provided an "obvious" opportunity for the mayor to offer a welcome mat, should Francis visit the United States next year as many expect.

Also on HuffPost:

Bombshell Pope Quotes
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Mayor Bill De Blasio Talks Migration With Pope Francis' Top Aide

New York mayor talks migration with Vatican No. 2

Cardenal Pietro Parolin se reúne con alcalde de Nueva York

De Blasio, visita in Vaticano da Parolin: «Spero che il Papa venga a New York ...

Mayor Bill de Blasio arrives in Italy for family vacation - Newsday

New York mayor talks migration with Vatican No. 2 - Modesto Bee

New York mayor talks migration with Vatican No. 2 | Veooz 360