Church-specific chapels a dying breed at airports

More chapels adopting interfaith feel
Most of the 30 or so chapels at U.S. airports are tucked in a corner or on a second floor that isn’t well traveled. And most are small and plain. But the ReginaCaeliChapel atCleveland’s Hopkins International Airport is different, and what makes it unique might also make it endangered.

The chapel, run by theCatholic Diocese ofCleveland, is in a prominent place, past the security checkpoint and just steps from the food court. It’s large, with room for 120 people in the gleaming oak pews with maroon cushions.

And it looks like the inside of a RomanCatholic church, with statues of Mary, Jesus and several saints; the stations of the cross; the papal flag; a vigil light; and the Blessed Sacrament.

Airport officials recently met with a representative of the diocese to discuss the chapel’s future. The problem, they said, is the chapel’s single-denomination orientation.

 

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