Mayor Schmitt organizing Pope Francis petition

File photo. (MGN/Edgar Jiménez)
File photo. (MGN/Edgar Jiménez)

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is hoping residents can help lure Pope Francis to the area during a possible visit to the United States next year.

The mayor sent a letter to the Pope last week urging him to consider making the trip.

Schmitt is recommending Pope Francis visit 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 back in the mid-1800s.

The mayor is now organizing a petition for people to show support for the pope's potential visit.

"There's a group of people getting together and this will include a website that will include ways to get your friends to sign a petition. Just to tell the pope how important a visit to Green Bay would be not only to the community, but to the United States,” said Schmitt.

The mayor says more details on the website will be released in the near future.