ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine is working toward inviting the Pope to its 450th birthday celebration in 2015.
St. Augustine touts to be the birthplace of Christianity, specifically Catholicism, in North America.
City leaders believe it's fitting to invite Pope Francis to the old town for the 45th celebration.
Mayor Joseph Boles and the Catholic Church are working together to properly invite Pope Francis.
Father Tom Willis, Rector at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Augustine, said, "the protocol is simple."
The request requires President Obama to invite the Pope. First Coast News has learned the Bishop of the St. Augustine Diocese has already sent a letter to Rome, requesting that while in the U.S., he'd consider doing something to commemorate St. Augustine's 450th anniversary.