Green Bay mayor invites Pope Francis to area

File photo. (MGN/Edgar Jiménez)
File photo. (MGN/Edgar Jiménez)
GREEN BAY - Green Bay's mayor is hoping to bring the leader of the Catholic Church to our area.

Mayor Jim Schmitt has invited Pope Francis to make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion.

In 2010, the Catholic Church validated an appearance by the Virgin Mary at the shrine in the mid-1800s.

Mayor Schmitt requested the visit in a letter. He wrote that the community is filled with a generous heart for its connection to the Virgin Mary. He also said a papal visit to the Green Bay area would be a blessing that would lift the lives of the people who live here.

The invite is to extend the pope's possible visit to the United States next year.

Pope Francis has expressed interest in coming to attend the 8th World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.