RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

On Wednesdays, we focus on the workplace. Today, a Papal decree.

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MONTAGNE: In his weekly speech this past Sunday, Pope Benedict cautioned against overwork.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Quoting a 12th century saint, the pontiff warned watch out for the dangers of an excessive activity. Adding, too much work can lead to a hardening of the heart and suffering of the spirit.

The Pope is protecting his own heart and spirit as he is on his second vacation this summer, spending time at his lakeside castle for most of the next month.

MONTAGNE: Hard to know if that advice will be any consolation to Northwest Airline employees set to be laid off, but some parting advice offered by the airline has caused a stir.

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