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Pope warns success, power, money enslave us, Sting listens from front row

Vatican City, Aug 8 (efe.epa).- Pope Frances on Wednesday continued his catechesis on the Ten Commandments during his General Audience at the Vatican.

The audience focused on the subject of idolatry and the criticized the temptations of wealth, success, power and money that can enslave the human being.

The Pope presided the General audience at the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall and met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and all over the world to remind them of the Biblical episode of the golden calf as the epitome of idolatry.

"These are the great idols: success, power and money," the Pope told the congregation. "These are the temptations of all time! Here is what the golden calf is: the symbol of all the desires that give the illusion of freedom, and instead enslave, because the idol always enslaves."

After the general Audience ended, the Pope walked up to the Paul VI Audience Hall's front row to greet British pop star, Sting, dressed in a grey shirt and jacket beside his wife, United States actress, Trudie Styler, all dressed in black.

Sting has composed the main theme of an audiovisual show titled "The Final Judgement" that recreates the creative process behind the Sixtine chapel masterpiece currently screened at L'Auditorium Conciliazione, very close to Saint Peter's Square.

Francis greeted them personally, clasped their hands, briefly exchanged some words and handed them a Vatican memento.

The rock star and his wife listened attentively to the Pope's words warning the faithful that success, power, and money are temptations, "golden calfs" that enslave the human being.

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