The introverted Anglo-Saxon with his self-control and stiff upper lip suffered more from the stress of modern aviation than the average uninhibited Latin, said Dr Joseph dal Fabbro, service director of aeronautical medicine of Alitalia, addressing 40 airport chaplains in Rome last week.
The airport priest must provide a human touch to reassure the passenger about to face the new experience of flight for which he is not psychologically prepared, he said.
Fr John Arrighi, OP, speaking on the theological and pastoral aspects of airport ministry, said that a trip by air would be an integral part of the Holy Year pilgrimage for millions of people. He warned that pilgrims would find beauty and ugliness in Rome. What is holy side by side with the profane, even that which is indecent.
However, the soul of Rome, which has lasted through the centuries, triumphs over the disfigured countenance of the city.
The English delegates to the meeting were the newlyappointed chaplain to Heathrow, Fr Brian Laycock, and Fr Albert Hadshar from Gatwick.