Pope Francis says working Sunday negatively impacts families, friendships

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‘Maybe it’s time to ask ourselves if working on Sundays is true freedom,’ the Pope saidET

Pope Francis said while poor people need jobs to have dignity, opening stores and other businesses on Sundays as a way to create jobs wasn't beneficial for society.

The Associated Press Posted: Jul 05, 2014 11:52 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 05, 2014 11:52 AM ET

Pope Francis has lamented the abandoning of the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays, saying it has a negative impact on families and friendships.

Francis on Saturday travelled to Molise, an agricultural region in the heart of southern Italy where unemployment is chronically high. While he said poor people need jobs to have dignity, he indicated that opening stores and other businesses on Sundays as a way to create jobs wasn’t beneficial for society.

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Francis said the priority should be “not economic but human,” and that the stress should be on families and friendships, not commercial relationships. He added: “Maybe it’s time to ask ourselves if working on Sundays is true freedom.”

He said that spending Sundays with family and friends is an “ethical choice” for faithful and non-faithful alike.

Francis, 77, appeared to have bounced back from a spate of illnesses which have caused him to cancel several appointments recently. He flew by helicopter to Molise for a full day of activity, including a lunch appointment with poor people and a visit to a prison.

The pontiff moved energetically and smiled often as he greeted crowds. The Vatican had described the health problems as “mild” but did not elaborate.

At one point, the pope, speaking off the cuff, encouraged parents to spend more time with children. He quipped: “Waste time with your children!” He said he liked to ask parents, “do you play with your children?”

Francis is returning to Vatican City later Saturday.

 

‘Maybe it’s time to ask ourselves if working on Sundays is true freedom,’ the Pope said

The Associated Press Posted: Jul 05, 2014 11:52 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 05, 2014 11:52 AM ET

Pope Francis has lamented the abandoning of the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays, saying it has a negative impact on families and friendships.

Francis on Saturday travelled to Molise, an agricultural region in the heart of southern Italy where unemployment is chronically high. While he said poor people need jobs to have dignity, he indicated that opening stores and other businesses on Sundays as a way to create jobs wasn’t beneficial for society.

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Francis said the priority should be “not economic but human,” and that the stress should be on families and friendships, not commercial relationships. He added: “Maybe it’s time to ask ourselves if working on Sundays is true freedom.”

He said that spending Sundays with family and friends is an “ethical choice” for faithful and non-faithful alike.

Francis, 77, appeared to have bounced back from a spate of illnesses which have caused him to cancel several appointments recently. He flew by helicopter to Molise for a full day of activity, including a lunch appointment with poor people and a visit to a prison.

The pontiff moved energetically and smiled often as he greeted crowds. The Vatican had described the health problems as “mild” but did not elaborate.

At one point, the pope, speaking off the cuff, encouraged parents to spend more time with children. He quipped: “Waste time with your children!” He said he liked to ask parents, “do you play with your children?”

Francis is returning to Vatican City later Saturday.

 

‘Maybe it’s time to ask ourselves if working on Sundays is true freedom,’ the Pope said

The Associated Press Posted: Jul 05, 2014 11:52 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 05, 2014 11:52 AM ET

Pope Francis has lamented the abandoning of the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays, saying it has a negative impact on families and friendships.

Francis on Saturday travelled to Molise, an agricultural region in the heart of southern Italy where unemployment is chronically high. While he said poor people need jobs to have dignity, he indicated that opening stores and other businesses on Sundays as a way to create jobs wasn’t beneficial for society.

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Francis said the priority should be “not economic but human,” and that the stress should be on families and friendships, not commercial relationships. He added: “Maybe it’s time to ask ourselves if working on Sundays is true freedom.”

He said that spending Sundays with family and friends is an “ethical choice” for faithful and non-faithful alike.

Francis, 77, appeared to have bounced back from a spate of illnesses which have caused him to cancel several appointments recently. He flew by helicopter to Molise for a full day of activity, including a lunch appointment with poor people and a visit to a prison.

The pontiff moved energetically and smiled often as he greeted crowds. The Vatican had described the health problems as “mild” but did not elaborate.

At one point, the pope, speaking off the cuff, encouraged parents to spend more time with children. He quipped: “Waste time with your children!” He said he liked to ask parents, “do you play with your children?”

Francis is returning to Vatican City later Saturday.  “Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?”

Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her – she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.”8

So the papacy is here saying that it changed Sabbath to Sunday and that virtually all churches accepted the new holy day. Thus, the papacy claims that Sunday as a holy day is the mark, or symbol, of her power and authority. Please study for yourself do not be deceived

8Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism [FRS No. 7.], (3rd American ed., rev.: New York, Edward Dunigan & Bro., 1876), p. 174.

 

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  1. He is so correct on taking Sunday off from work. We have lost that in this culture. Our culture is so demanding and fast paced bow I work 2 jobs to try to meet the bills. WE do need to allocate time for family and God.

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    • Hi Chris and thanks for writing in this Sunday off may sound good but it is against the teaches of the Bible when God Created everything in 6th days and rested on the 7th day (Gen 2 and Exodus 20:8-11). Saturday was the day of rest in which God gave to all mankind but man changed the day for tradition instead of the teaching of the Bible truth on the Sabbath. Please check out http://www.sabbathtruth.com for more study God bless and keep in touch

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      • WILLIAM says:

        We cannot even be sure about Saturday. Saturday is a creation of man. The seven days in Genesis Chapters 1 and 2 are far different from the seven days of the modern week. The days of the modern week were created by man, invented by a catholic pope who decreed the use of a pagan calendar that is quite different from the calendar established during Creation.

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      • God certainly anticipated the controversy over the Genesis account of Creation. He knew that after the fall of man, there would be doubts about His claims of manufacturing all the staggering mass of matter by merely commanding it to exist.

        To safeguard His sovereignty, He established a mark that denoted His absolute right to rule as Lord. He chose to memorialize His display of creative power by setting aside the seventh day of the Creation week as a holy day of rest and remembering.

        God wrote these words: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work. … For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is: … wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8–11).

        Once a week, as the earth rotates on its axis through space, the Sabbath reminder travels around the earth reaching every man, woman, and child with the message of an instant creation and the one who did the creating.

        Why did God say remember? Because to forget the true Sabbath is to forget the true Creator. Some reject the seventh-day Sabbath over the belief that we cannot know which day it falls on today, so picking any day should be okay. But this is fallacy. Here are four proofs that identify the true Sabbath.

        1: According to Scripture, Christ died on Friday and rose on Sunday, the first day of the week. Practically all churches acknowledge this by observing Easter Sunday and Good Friday. “This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. The women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment” (Luke 23:52–56).

        This is clear evidence that Jesus died the day before the Sabbath! The day of His death was a “preparation day” because it was the time to get ready for the Sabbath. Notice, then, that the women rested over the Sabbath “according to the commandment.” The commandment says, “The seventh day is the Sabbath,” so we know they were resting on Saturday. The very next verse says, “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared. … And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre” (Luke 24:1, 2).

        2: The calendar has not been changed so as to confuse the days of the week. Just as we know that Jesus and His followers observed the same day as Moses, we can be positive that our seventh day is the same day Jesus observed. Pope Gregory XIII did make a calendar change in 1582, but it did not interfere with the weekly cycle. What did Gregory do to the calendar? He changed Friday, October 5, 1582, to be Friday, October 15, 1582. He did not affect the weekly cycle of days.

        3: The Jews have observed the seventh day from the time of Abraham, and they still keep it today. An entire nation of people, all around the world, continue to observe a Sabbath they have known for more than 4,000 years.

        4: Over 100 languages on earth use the word “Sabbath” for Saturday. For example, the Spanish word for Saturday is “Sabado,” meaning Sabbath. What does this prove? It proves that when those languages originated long ago, Saturday was recognized as the Sabbath day and was incorporated into the very name of the day. Please check this video as well and share with others Thanks for writing in William God bless

        http://www.sabbathtruth.com

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  2. kami says:

    Saturday and Sunday can not be the true Sabbath/ true day of rest because the calendar used in our modern days is not the same used by the Jewish people in times of old and in the times of Jesus. This Gregorian modern calendar we are using today it’s man made. If one wants to rest on the true Sabbath, he/she should use the true original Jewish luni-solar calendar (not the modern Jewish calendar) to rest on the true rest day of the most-high.

    Check this link to ask more questions you want: http://www.worldslastchance.com

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    • Hello Kami and thanks for writing in “The seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God.” Exodus 20:10. “And when the sabbath was past, …very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre.” Mark 16:1, 2. The Sabbath is not the first day of the week (Sunday), as many believe, but the seventh day (Saturday). Notice from the above Scripture that the Sabbath is the day that comes just before the first day of the week. God made the Sabbath at the time of Creation, when He made the world. He rested on the Sabbath and blessed and sanctified it (set it apart for a holy use)Genesis 1:1; 2:2, 3. God blessed the Sabbath.”The Lord blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:11. “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.” Genesis 2:3. Christ expected His people to be still keeping the Sabbath in A.D. 70 when Jerusalem was destroyed.Knowing full well that Jerusalem would be destroyed by Rome in A.D. 70, Jesus warned His followers of that time, saying, “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day.” Matthew 24:20, emphasis added. Jesus made it clear that He intended for the Sabbath to be kept even 40 years after His resurrection. In fact, there is no intimation anywhere in the Scriptures that Jesus, His Father, or the apostles ever (at any time, under any circumstances) changed the holy seventh-day Sabbath to any other day. The women who came to anoint Christ’s dead body kept the Sabbath. Jesus died on “the day before the sabbath” (Mark 15:37, 42), which is now called Good Friday.
      The women prepared spices and ointments to anoint His body, then “rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.” Luke 23:56. Only “when the sabbath was past” (Mark 16:1) did the women come “the first day of the week” (Mark 16:2) to continue their sad work. They found “Jesus was risen early the first day of the week” (verse 9), commonly called Easter Sunday. Please note that the Sabbath “according to the commandment” was the day preceding Easter Sunday, which we now call Saturday. Christ’s follower, Luke, wrote two books of the Bible, Luke and Acts. He says that in the book of Luke he wrote about “all” of Jesus’ teachings (Acts 1:1-3). But he never wrote about Sunday-keeping or a change of the Sabbath. Well, if Sunday-keeping isn’t in the Bible, whose idea was it anyway?”And he shall think to change the times and the law.” Daniel 7:25, RSV.* “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.” “In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:6, 9. “Her priests have violated my law.” “And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, … saying, Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord hath not spoken.” Ezekiel 22:26, 28.Misguided men of long years past announced that God’s holy day was changed from Sabbath to Sunday. God predicted it would happen, and it did. This error was passed on to our unsuspecting generation as gospel fact. Sunday-keeping is a tradition of uninspired men and breaks God’s law, which commands Sabbath-keeping. Only God can make a day holy. God blessed the Sabbath, and when God blesses, no man can “reverse it.” Numbers 23:20. Here is the quote who changed the it is written history: Notice the following section from a Catholic catechism:

      “Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?”

      “Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her – she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.”8

      So the papacy is here saying that it changed Sabbath to Sunday and that virtually all churches accepted the new holy day. Thus, the papacy claims that Sunday as a holy day is the mark, or symbol, of her power and authority.

      8Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism [FRS No. 7.], (3rd American ed., rev.: New York, Edward Dunigan & Bro., 1876), p. 174. Here is another quote God warned that a blasphemous power would “seek to change times and laws,” and the Catholic Church openly admits doing it, even boasts about it. In a sermon at the Council of Trent in 1562, the Archbishop of Reggia, Caspar del Fossa, claimed that the Catholic Church’s whole authority is based upon the fact that they changed the Sabbath to Sunday. Does this not fulfill the prophecies of Daniel and Paul?

      “For centuries millions of Christians have gathered to worship God on the first day of the week. Graciously He has accepted this worship. He has poured out His blessings upon Christian people as they have sought to serve Him. However, as one searches the Scriptures, he is forced to recognize that Sunday is not a day of God’s appointment… It has no foundation in Scripture, but has arisen entirely as a result of custom,” says Frank H. Yost, Ph.D. in The Early Christian Sabbath.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPOc99w3Iuo Part 1

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvmitOUl67c Part 2

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