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Pope: No-work Sundays good, not just for faithful

Newly elected Pope Francis waves to the waiting crowd from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.  (Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images)
Newly elected Pope Francis waves to the waiting crowd from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/05 2:23 pm

CAMPOBASSO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis says abandoning the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays isn't such a good change.

Francis on Saturday traveled to Molise, an agricultural region in the heart of southern Italy where unemployment is chronically high. While he said poor people need employment to have dignity, he disagreed with opening stores and other businesses on Sundays as a way to create jobs.

Francis said the priority should be "not economic but human," adding "maybe it's time to ask ourselves if working on Sundays is true freedom."

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

 

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