Mayor Bill de Blasio will travel to the Vatican next week to give a speech on alleged climate change and income inequality.
He’ll be attending a conference Tuesday called “Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities.” He’ll then join other U.S. mayors for an audience with the pope.
The mayor leaves for Rome on Monday night and returns home Wednesday. He’ll be traveling with two staffers. City taxpayers are covering the cost of the trip.
At a press conference on Thursday, de Blasio said he was still “absolutely” committed to visiting Israel, but just has to “get the details together.”