Call for more pastoral care at international airports

Bishops have been urged to increase pastoral care for travellers at international airports.

A seminar of aviation and airport chaplains in Rome this month noted that airports can be places of “difficult situations asking for extra care”.

“We urge the ordinaries of the areas where there are international airports to increase the pastoral care of civil aviation taking into account the steady increase in the flow of travellers, migrants, pilgrims and those who make their travels possible.

“Even at smaller airports it is desirable the presence of a minister (priest, deacon, consecrated or lay person) specially appointed for this position.”

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