Vatican City, Sep 29, 2013 / 08:49 am
Pope Francis celebrated Mass in cloudy St. Peter's Square this morning, cautioning the faithful against the danger of losing their personal identity to materialism.
"Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the center of our lives, they take hold of us, they possess us; we lose our very identity as human beings," he said on September 29.
Sunday's Mass was held at the close of an international weekend conference in Rome for catechists during the year of faith.
The Pope explained that Christians must be on guard against "the danger of complacency, comfort, worldliness in our lifestyles and in our hearts, of making our well-being the most important thing in our lives."