Vatican City, Nov 7, 2015 / 09:20 am
The dignity of workers was at the center of an address by Pope Francis on Saturday, during which the pontiff reflected on the connection between the right to employment and the right to leisure.
This "right to rest," Pope Francis said, above all, refers to a "dimension of the human being which does not lack the spiritual roots and which, even you, for your part, are responsible."
In a Nov. 7 audience in St. Peter's Square with employees of Italian National Social Security Institute the Holy Father acknowledged the organization's commitment to protect rights relating to work, which form the foundation of the "transcendent dignity" of human nature.
Leisure is not merely an "extension of fatigue and ordinary responsibilities, but an occasion to live one's own creatureliness, elevated to filial dignity by God himself," he said.