- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has been invited to meet Pope Francis next month - one of 16 mayors from around the world to get that opportunity.

The mayors are visiting the Vatican as part of a summit to address climate change and human trafficking.

Portland is a member of C40, a network of cities taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also faces a gang violence problem fueled in part by prostitution.

Hales spokesman Dana Haynes said Tuesday the mayor will meet with leaders from other Oregon cities to coordinate a message for the visit.

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