Celebrating Mass for the Assumption in the Daejeon World Cup Stadium, Francis said that, as Mary taught us, "True freedom is found in our loving embrace of the Father's will". He also called on the faithful to "be a generous force for spiritual renewal at every level of society," noting that the Gospel "is the antidote to the spirit of despair that seems to grow like a cancer in societies which are outwardly affluent, yet often experience inner sadness and emptiness." After the Angelus, he devoted a special prayer for those who died in Sewol sinking. Before the ceremony, a young Spaniard asked him to pray for North Korea, to which Francis replied that he does every day. Some Chinese seminarians were also present at the event.