A Cathedral Station is the general name for the space station that serves each known Heaven’s Gate. They are extremely varied in design and construction, with each basically being its own distinct entity; in point of fact the only thing that is uniform about them is their purpose. Each Cathedral Station is tasked with the job of housing the Gatekeepers and support personnel that maintain the Heaven’s Gate that it is next to. They also serve as gathering points for ships waiting to pass through the Heaven’s Gate network.
Commerce is never allowed within a Cathedral Station itself (Something about Jesus and the moneychangers in the Temple), but many merchants often stay within a Cathedral Station’s immediate vicinity to provide goods and services to travelers. Besides the Gatekeepers and service crew, a Cathedral Station also houses a defense force taken from The Churches elite military, The Swiss Guard.