On Monday, January 20, 2015, additional details of Pope Francis' visit to the United States for the World Meeting of Families were announced. Despite efforts at the local level to bring the "Pope to Green Bay," the official itinerary does not include a stop in Green Bay.
"I would like to thank all those involved with the 'Pope to Green Bay' initiative," said Bishop David L. Ricken. "It was a great effort on the part of many. And while we will not see the Holy Father on this trip, with Our Lady of Good Help Shrine in Champion, it certainly does not eliminate the possibility of a visit to our area in the future."
Pope Francis said he plans to canonize the 18th-century missionary Junipero Serra during his Washington D.C. stop, likely at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Serra is recognized for his role in establishing nine missions in California to convert American Indians. Pope Francis is also expected to visit the White House and address Congress. During a stop in New York, he will speak at the United Nations, and conclude his trip at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
If you are interested in traveling to the World Meeting of Families, a pilgrimage is being planned through The Compass and the Department of Living Justice-Office of Family and Married Life. For more information visit www.thecompassnews.org or contact Amy at 920-272-8212.
Pope's Itinerary for Trip to United States Does Not Include Stop in Green Bay
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