On Aug. 9, Pope Francis received Mayor Eric Garcetti in a private audience at the Vatican. In the meeting, the pope and Garcetti discussed the priorities of climate change, young people, poverty and immigration.
“I’m so grateful to Pope Francis for the deep and humbling honor of meeting with me at the Vatican today. I was moved by his inspired words about matters that will shape the future of our world, and to have the chance to speak to him about our mutual work to save this planet and serve our fellow human beings,” Garcetti said. “His Holiness shared greetings for the people of Los Angeles – and we are grateful for his grace, his prayers and a message of faith, love, understanding and cooperation that brings peace and comfort to people everywhere.”
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