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Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt has invited Pope Francis to visit Titletown during an expected papal trip to the United States in 2015.
Schmitt hopes the pope will be enticed by the opportunity to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, where the Catholic Church says the Virgin Mary appeared to a young girl in 1859.
Located in the town of Green Bay’s tiny Champion, the shrine is the only such site in the United States recognized by the Catholic Church. It has become an international attraction among Catholics since being so designated three years ago.
In a letter sent Thursday to the Vatican, Schmitt urged the pontiff to make a pilgrimage to the shrine, describing Green Bay as “a salt of the earth community.”
“Your visit to the Green Bay community,” the mayor wrote, “would be an estimable blessing that would continue to lift the lives of the people of Green Bay.”
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