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Priest travels the state in mobile confessional

7 years 7 months 14 hours ago Wednesday, March 02 2016 Mar 2, 2016 March 02, 2016 9:05 PM March 02, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kristen Althouse

Baton Rouge - Most ambulances are used for physical emergencies, but Father Michael Champagnes uses his ambulance for spiritual emergencies.

He converted an old ambulance into a mobile confessional. Father Champagnes travels the state searching for Catholics who have wandered away from the church. He visited Baton Rouge, Wednesday.

He created the vehicle in response to Pope Francis' Jubilee Year of Mercy, giving people a convenient way to go to confession, even if they haven't been to church.

"I've been astounded by the number of people that have come to confession. That have been away from the church for 30, 40, 50 years," Father Champagnes said.

He says he has heard more than 900 confessions in the mobile, and plans to continue making stops throughout the year.

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