France to legislate again for Sunday trading

For the second time in five years, France will pass a law in 2014 to regulate Sunday trading, prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has announced. Ayrault made the announcement yesterday on receiving a report by Jean-Paul Bailly, the former head of the French postal system and of the Paris metro. Bailly headed a previous commission and…

Pledge for a work-free Sunday and decent work ahead of the European elections 2014

“A work-free Sunday and decent working hours are of paramount importance for citizens and workers throughout Europe and are not necessarily in conflict with economic competitiveness. Especially in the present time of socio-economic crisis, the adoption of legislation extending working hours to late evenings, nights, bank holidays and Sundays has direct consequences for the working…

Sunday Assembly founders launch ‘atheist church’ in Nashville

A fast-growing, worldwide congregation for atheists called Sunday Assembly picked an unlikely spot to try and launch a new group. It’s Nashville. Where the Southern Baptist Convention is headquartered. Where Christian authors go to avail themselves of a vast publishing network. Where the faithful drive past several churches in their denomination on Sunday to attend…

Polls just days away, but for candidates in Mizoram, Sunday is still a day of rest

Sunday is for God in Mizoram. Everything else can wait, even campaigning for once-in-five-years assembly elections. Campaigning for the November 25 polls in Mizoram has entered a crucial phase. But for the people, nothing is more important than sticking to the Sunday routine of going to church. Every other public place too is in shutdown…

Shops to be closed on Sundays (India)

Hyderabad: Sundays may no longer be the designated day for shopping. Going after shops and commercial establishments in the state, the labour department has decided to enforce a strict Sunday closure in accordance with the Andhra Pradesh Shops and Establishments Act 1988. The department has constituted teams to clamp down on shops open on Sundays and…

The ‘Francis effect’: 5 ways the pope is resuscitating the Catholic Church

Pope Francis has won converts — at least metaphorically — around the globe. His conspicuous humility, kindness, willingness to engage with critics and admirers alike, apparent lack of verbal inhibitions, and relaxed doctrinal orthodoxy make for a big stylistic change from his two predecessors and their combined 25 years as pope. Not everyone is a…

New General Labor Law establishes only one day of rest (in Angola)

The proposed new General Labour Law (LGT), which OPAÍS had access, reduces to one day of rest for Angolan workers in what can be considered a case back to the first way. Currently, the work week ends on Friday, getting the days of Saturday and Sunday devoted to rest. In this proposal, the number one…

3 Million People Came ‘Back to Church’ on Sunday; Sets New Record

By Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter September 20, 2013|4:49 pm An estimated 3 million people attended a National Back to Church Sunday event this past weekend, which organizers believe is the highest number the movement has ever recorded. “The campaign reinvigorated and encouraged our members to invite people to church,” First Baptist Penn Hills, Pa.,…

The conference in the Parliament about the need for a free Sunday (Poland)

As believers we can not be indifferent to the fact that employers prevent participation in religious workers, especially in large industrial centers – says Mr Henry Kowalczyk, secretary of the parliamentary group of members and supporters of the Light-Life Movement, Catholic Action and the Association of Catholic Families. Today in Parliament held a conference Fri…