'Mobile confession unit' aboard double-decker bus goes on tour

Pope Francis and Fr Frankie Mulgrew Image copyright Salford Diocese
Image caption Pope Francis has blessed the "Mercy Bus"

A mobile "confession unit" on board a double-decker bus is to tour across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

The "Mercy Bus" has been hired by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford to reach people who do not go to church.

Starting at Salford Shopping Centre, it will visit shopping centres, prisons, homeless centres and housing estates every Saturday until Easter.

The bus received a Papal blessing recently when one of its priests, Fr Frankie Mulgrew, met the Pope in Rome.

"We were inspired by the Pope who, when he was as cardinal in Argentina, would celebrate open-air Masses in the poorest areas of his diocese," said Fr Mulgrew.

The bus will also visit Blackburn, Burnley, and Manchester in coming weeks.

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