After two days off sick, Pope Francis was back on the job for the Wednesday General Audience, the Vatican Information Service reports.
Due to the hot weather in Rome, Pope Francis chose to greet the sick in the Paul VI Hall before the general audience instead of doing so after his catechesis in St Peter's Square.
'We thought it was better for you to stay here in peace, where it is a little cooler, and not under the baking sun! You can watch the audience on the maxi-screen, you can follow it all without suffering in the sun, as they say that today will be a very hot day,' the Pope told the ill.
Addressing the Italian faithful, he greeted the participants in the Congress on Ethics and Finance at the Augustinianum, organised by the Pontifical Council for the Family, commenting that, 'in effect, finance nowadays needs ethics.'
He also greeted the Fiat workers from Pomigliano, in southern Italy, who donated a small blue car identical to the one he used during his visit to Assisi in October 2013. Earlier the workers had said that it filled them with pride to see the Pope using the same car they used themselves to go to work or home.
Earlier fears for the health of Pope Francis surfaced after he cancelled two days of engagements.
However, Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, head of the Holy See's press office, said the two-day absence was 'nothing to worry about.'
Francis greets the faithful: Finance needs ethics (Vatican Information Service)
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