Before the General Audience, the pope toured St. Peter's Square in the pope mobile, accompanied by a group of children.
Later, Pope Francis was greeted in the square by a music band who played for him this joyful melody.
In his catechesis, the pope reflected on the commandment to “keep holy the Lord's Day” and spoke of the meaning of rest.
“The dominant concept of life today does not have its center of gravity in activity and commitment but in evasion. Earn money to have fun, satisfy yourself. The image-model is that of a successful person who can afford ample and different spaces of pleasure. Man has never rested so much as today, and yet man has never experienced so much emptiness as today.”
Pope Francis recalled that in the Bible, God's rest is related to looking joyfully at reality. And that this is the model of authentic rest.