For Those at O'Hare Airport Seeking Solace, There's Father Mike [LAT]

The Rev. Michael Zaniolo leads Mass and offers confessions at O’Hare, attending to a flock including anxious airport employees and nervous fliers.

By P.J. Huffstutter
July 3, 2009

In a small room above the crowds of Terminal 2, the Rev. Michael G. Zaniolo prepared to deliver his airport version of Mass.

In other churches it can take an hour or more. But as an American Airlines pilot strode into the chapel with his luggage, Zaniolo was ready to deliver it a bit quicker – 30 minutes or less. His homily, a thoughtful sermon with messages of hope, was whittled to 1 minute, 46 seconds.

“People have to rock and roll,” said Zaniolo, a 50-year-old Catholic priest. “Every second counts.”

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