UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) If you want to see Pope Francis come to Wisconsin, the mayor of Green Bay hopes you'll sign an online petition. Jim Schmitt has launched a Web site, with the goal of getting the pontiff to the Green Bay area during his expected visit to the U-S next year.
Schmitt wrote the Vatican about a week ago. He encouraged Francis to visit the only Marian shrine in the U-S that the Catholic Church recognizes -- the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion. The church verified in 2010 that the Virgin Mary had appeared at the shrine. Mayor Schmitt says he'd also like to see the pope hold Mass at the 80,000-seat Lambeau Field.
Francis is expected in America in September of 2015 for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. You'll find the online petition for the proposed Green Bay visit at PopeToGreenBay.com.