Cardboard cutout of pope takes tour of Catholic sites in Green Bay

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September 17, 2015

Students from Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, Wis., are pictured outside of Lambeau Field with a cutout of Pope Francis Sept. 7. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt had hoped that Pope Francis would celebrate a Mass on the Green Bay Packers' playing field as part of his U.S. visit. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass) See FRANCIS-GREENBAY Sept. 17, 2015.

Students from Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, Wis., are pictured outside of Lambeau Field with a cutout of Pope Francis Sept. 7. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt had hoped that Pope Francis would celebrate a Mass on the Green Bay Packers’ playing field as part of his U.S. visit. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — Mayor Jim Schmitt’s 2014 invitation to Pope Francis to visit Green Bay sounded like a lark or pipe dream to some people.

It was right around March 1, 2014 — a month before April Fool’s Day — when the city’s mayor wrote his letter to Pope Francis.

“During your visit to the United States for the World Meeting of Families in 2015, I invite you to extend your visit to the Greater Green Bay community and make (a) pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help,” wrote Schmitt.

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