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It's a building most visitors to the Vatican will never see: the foreign affairs office, where the pope meets with international dignitaries. It was here that Mayor Bill de Blasio sat down with the Vatican's secretary of state, Pietro Parolin, to invite the pope to come to New York.
"We understand that 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, and I emphasized to him that not just for Catholic New Yorkers in the city and in all of metropolitan New York, but for all New Yorkers, it would be an extraordinary moment for our city," de Blasio said.
The mayor spoke exclusively to NY1 after the Vatican visit, appearing with the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Ken Hackett....