Pope Blasts Wasted Weekends

Sundays are time to reflect on dangers posed by humanity, he says
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2007 8:25 AM CDT
Pope Benedict XVI , left, is sided by Austrian President Heinz Fischer as he speaks at the airport of Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007 upon his departure for Rome after a 3-day visit to Austria....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Pope Benedict has urged Catholics to  keep Sunday special amid the  "mad rush" of the modern world. He encouraged people to set the day aside for reflection on faith and the dangers humans pose to the world, including destruction of "God's creation," an apparent reference to environmental harm.

"Sunday has been transformed into leisure time. If leisure time lacks an inner focus, ultimately it becomes wasted time," he said during mass at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna at the end of a three-day visit to Austria. The day should give an "inner order to our time and thus to the whole of our lives," he said.