Petition asks Pope Francis to bless Metro system

Someone has started a petition in hopes of getting Pope Francis to bless the D.C. area's Metro system.

The pope arrived Tuesday afternoon for a three-day visit to the area. It is expected to snarl traffic so badly that transportation officials have suggested people take Metro to get around the District during the visit. But some people are not too confident in the transit agency after a series of recent problems, including a transformer fire that shut down the Stadium-Armory station on Monday and disrupted service on three lines.

Here is the text of the petition:

Dear Pope Francis, Our Metro system is having some troubles. All of DC would be grateful if you could find the time to bless it during your upcoming stay. Maybe a Papal Blessing is just what it needs.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the petition had nearly 600 supporters.