- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is heading to a conference on climate change at the Vatican, where he’s scheduled to speak and attend an audience with Pope Francis.

De Blasio leaves New York Monday night to join 65 other mayors and elected officials from around the world at the gathering. It’s titled “Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities.”

De Blasio will give a speech Tuesday.

Pope Francis issued a landmark encyclical this year calling for action on climate change.

He has linked the need to preserve the environment to income inequality, saying the harmful effects of climate change are felt hardest by the poor.

The mayor has expressed admiration for the Pope. De Blasio is scheduled to return to New York on Wednesday.


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