New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said yesterday that “I can not think of a more important mission” than traveling to the Vatican next week to join a papal campaign to stamp out climate change. “He was late”. For this concept to be promoted on his native continent holds a special place in his thinking, Vatican specialists say.

In his address at the press conference, Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said the aim of this meeting was to assess the situation facing these communities impacted by mining operations, saying many people are now aware of the “heart-rending cry” coming from those areas where companies are seeking to extract minerals.

Walsh, a Catholic, says he’s very impressed with the pope and loves what he’s done so far. His faith is with him always, so much so that he often keeps a set of rosary beads in his pocket.

Walsh beat cancer. His mother kept her word and took him to the shrines.

When Walsh was a child he was diagnosed with cancer and given two months to live.

The mayor leaves on Sunday for the July 20-to-22 conference, and he will return on Thursday.

The havoc caused by climate change creates “fertile ground for forced migration and human trafficking”, said Sorondo. The second item will be rosary beads from his maternal grandfather. “Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start”, he writes.

In addition, Mayor Walsh released the Greenovate Boston 2014 Climate Action Plan Update in January to prepare the City of Boston for the impacts of climate change and celebrating the City’s progress towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.

According to a statement from the mayor’s office, participants of the conference are expected to appeal to the United Nations that it must consider human trafficking as a crime against humanity and approve new sustainable development goals.

“I am deeply thankful that Pope Francis is tackling issues of such grave importance not only to Minneapolis but to the world“, she said, adding: “I look forward to learning how Minneapolis can join hands in global efforts around climate change and ending the factors that contribute to 21st century trade in human beings, and to sharing the successes that we as a city have achieved”.

“Being imprisoned, ‘shut in, ‘ is not the same thing as being ‘shut out.’ Detention is part of a process of reintegration into society”, Pope Francis said. Other leaders intending to be there include Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa of Mexico City, Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris, and Mayor Ignazio Marino of Rome.