Another invitation for Pope Francis

By Sam Lucero | The Compass | July 23, 2014

Woman wants pope to visit museum in Columbus, Ohio

Screenshot of the Pope to Green Bay website.

It looks like Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is not the only person trying to reel in the big fish: Pope Francis. Last February, Mayor Schmitt announced a campaign to bring Pope Francis to Green Bay in 2015. It is expected that the pope will attend part of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia Sept. 22-17, 2015.

Donna Salyers of Dublin, Ohio, has begun a Facebook campaign to bring the pope to Columbus, Ohio.

Salyers hopes Pope Francis will visit the Jubilee Museum and Catholic Cultural Center in Columbus. “I’ve seen the amazing work that goes on here and I just feel like we need to introduce this to the world, especially the United States,” Salyers told The Columbus Dispatch July 11.

While Schmitt believes the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion is a good reason for the pope to visit northeast Wisconsin, Salyers believe the museum and cultural center is just as worthy of a papal stopover.

“She thinks the pope could be drawn by the museum’s location above a soup kitchen and its recognition by the Vatican as the largest collection of diversified Catholic artwork in the United States,” noted The Columbus Dispatch.

So does Green Bay or Columbus stand a better chance of enticing Pope Francis? You can listen to Linda Hamilton, the museum’s curator, and Salyers in the video below. You can also sign the petition to bring Pope Francis to Green Bay.

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