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Panama: Archbishop blasts government decision to abandon Sunday rest

June 09, 2010

During a Corpus Christi address, Panama’s leading prelate strongly criticized a government decision to eliminate Sunday as a day of required rest for workers. “The dignity of man and woman is what must be upheld, if we do not want to become victims of economic interests,” said Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta. “For all men and women, not only for Christians, this has a great importance and significance, and this recognition should not be just formal but real, allowing the Sunday rest for all workers.”

"We Christians cannot abandon the Christian meaning of Sunday, paganizing it or underestimating its importance," he added. "To fully live out Sunday, the Church invites us to participate in Sunday Mass, to wear our appropriate outfit, to share meals with the family and with friends."


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  • Posted by: Franz10108953 - Jun. 09, 2010 2:10 PM ET USA

    "...the Church invites us to participate in Sunday Mass..."- it would be refreshing to see a few Bishops announcing that the Church REQUIRES us to participate in Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. Had this been underscored for the last few decades, there would be no public will to entertain laws of this kind.