The City of Green Bay, Wisconsin has extended an invitation to Pope Francis, in hopes that he will come to see a nearby shrine to the Virgin Mary - the only one in the United States officially declared a holy site by the Vatican - where people have been flocking to see alleged miracles.
The shrine in the tiny town of Champion is known as the "Our Lady of Good Help" site, where in 1859, Belgium immigrant Adele Brise says the Virgin Mary visited her three times..
Green Bay Bishop David Ricken also believes the shrine is a valid apparition site, which inspired the Vatican to declare it the only site in the United States where an apparition of the Virgin Mary has been officially approved by the Catholic Church itself.
In his official capacity as Mayor of Green Bay, Mayor Jim Schmidt has personally invited the Pope, on behalf of the City, to come to Title Town. (Click on the image to read the full invite.)
What to make of all of this? Will the taxpayers of Green Bay ask the questions that should be obvious?
- Mayor launches online drive to bring pope to Wis. (usatoday.com)
- Green Bay mayor wants Pope Francis to visit shrine in Wis. (fox6now.com)
- Green Bay mayor invites Pope Francis to visit Titletown, Marian shrine (jsonline.com)
- Marian apparition approved in D. of Green Bay, WI (wdtprs.com)