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Travelers need special care, Pope reminds airport chaplains

June 11, 2012

At a private audience on June 11, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged airport chaplains to help bring serenity, peace, and the presence of Christ to “a great many men and women who work in an environment marked by continuous mobility and constant technological development, both of which tend to obscure the centrality of the human person.”

Speaking to participants in the 15th World Seminar for Catholic Civil Aviation Chaplains, the Pope observed that airports “are places that increasingly reflect the globalized reality of our time,” bringing together people of diverse backgrounds and conditions.

The Holy Father called special attention to those who are traveling under stressful conditions, such as people seeking asylum or immigrants without proper documentation. He added: “I think of the inconvenience caused by anti-terrorism security measures.”


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