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EU bishops back Pillar of Social Rights, call for recognition of Sunday rest

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) have renewed their support of the European Pillar of Social Rights, an EU document on labor, education, and other social issues. In recent comments on the draft document, COMECE called for a recognition of Sunday rest. “As in times of digitalization of the economy, […]

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Tonga bakers protest against Sunday sales ban

The ban came into effect on 3 July after pressure from church leaders who want Sunday to be a day of rest, Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports. A government announcement says that Tonga has been breaching its own Sabbath Law by allowing bakeries and restaurants to operate on a Sunday, and from now on only […]

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In India, Court Refuses to Reschedule Sabbath Exams

An Indian court has rejected a Seventh-day Adventist petition to reschedule exams from Saturday, citing a lack of biblical evidence that Saturday is Sabbath and the fact that the Indian government does not recognize Sabbath on its list of official festivals. For original news article go here; India-court-refuses-to-reschedule-sabbath-exams [By including this news article it does […]

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Sunday work is a danger to our health and safety

By using data from EU surveys on living and working conditions and interviewing more than 43,000 workers across 35 countries it can be shown that Sunday working is associated with an increased risk of accidents, illnesses, health problems, and negative effects on social participation and interaction. This is most likely due to the fact that […]

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Norway’s Leading Church Votes In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage

Norway’s Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the latest of a small but growing number of churches worldwide to do so. Last year the French Protestant Church allowed gay marriage blessings, while the U.S. Presbyterian Church approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage. […]

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Pope Francis addresses Methodist guests

Pope Francis on Thursday met with members of the World Methodist Council, the Methodist Council of Europe, and the Methodist Church in Britain. The representatives of the Methodist community are in Rome to mark the opening of the new Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome. For original news article go here; Pope_francis_addresses_methodist [By including this news […]

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Pope Calls Migrant Crisis ‘Arab Invasion’, Says Europe Must ‘Rediscover Its Cultural Roots’

“If Europe wants to rejuvenate, it must rediscover it’s cultural roots. Of all the Western countries, Europe has the stronger and deeper roots. “Through colonisation, these roots have even reached the new world. But forgetting its own history, Europe weakens. It is then that it risks becoming an empty place”, he stated For original news […]

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Church leaders unite against new Sunday trading laws

For the first time, senior Roman Catholic, Church of England, Church in Wales, Methodist, United Reform Church and Salvation Army figures issue a joint statement opposing the government’s plan to relax Sunday trading laws. Plans to allow large shops to open for longer on Sundays will damage family life and do nothing to boost the […]

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In Switzerland, the churches defend the “Sunday Rest”

The Swiss Churches Working Community (CETC) is calling for the Sunday rest, which it believes it is increasingly threatened. Since 2013, The Working Community of Christian Churches in Switzerland is part of the Alliance for the Sunday, a platform of ecclesial organizations, political parties and trade unions who are involved in maintaining the Sunday rest. […]

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Relax Sunday trading laws to help shops, MPs say

In a letter to the Sunday Telegraph, they wrote that increasing spending on Sundays would boost job prospects and help shops compete with online firms. They backed government plans to devolve Sunday trading laws to local councils. However, the shopworkers’ union said the majority of its members opposed extended Sunday trading hours. For original news […]

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