Fox11: ‘Pope to Green Bay’ organizers remain hopeful

GREEN BAY – A member of the group encouraging Pope Francis to visit Green Bay remains optimistic a visit will happen next year. The pontiff confirmed Monday he will visit Philadelphia next September.

He’ll attend the World Meeting of Families, a conference held every three years in a different city. It will be the first time a pope has visited the United States in more than seven years.

The pope is also expected to visit New York City and Washington, but those plans haven’t been confirmed by Vatican officials.

Earlier this year, an effort was launched to bring the pope to Titletown. An online petition has received more than 4,000 signatures in the past nine months.

A member of the ad hoc committee behind the effort believes it could happen.

"Even though he confirmed Philadelphia, he didn’t confirm other things, so we’re very hopeful still," said Christina Pallini, a spokesperson for the ‘Pope to Green Bay’ group. "This is the only Marian-approved apparition site in the United States."


  1. I think the Shrine is a manufactured destination. Burke had his Guadalupe Shrine and Ricken has his Good Help Shrine. God is working everyday everywhere in the Diocese of Green Bay. As the parable of the rich man and Lazarus reminds us, apparitions from the great beyond will not convince people to repent and believe since they already have the law, the prophets, the epistles and the gospels.

    1. Guadalupe could said to be manufactured, but Good Help is as "manufactured" as Lourdes (perhaps you feel Lourdes is manufactured as well).

      Well tell that to Jesus Christ who as appeared to the faithful for 2,000 years since his death. I trust he knows what he is doing.

      The parable warns us against lives of selfishness; it is not an indictment against all private revelation.


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