Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox religious leaders have urged the European Union to approve legislation mandating Sunday as a weekly day of rest.
According to Ecumenical News International, the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches said in a March 16 statement that it wanted Sunday protected in order to enhance both the protection of workers’ health and a balance between work and family life.
“Scientific research shows that Sunday is more closely connected with the health of workers than any other day of the week,” the commission said. “According to EU law, Sunday is protected as a weekly rest day for children and adolescents. Therefore, more than any other day of the week, a free Sunday offers the opportunity to be with one’s family and friends.”
Meanwhile, Europe’s Catholic hierarchy has also encouraged the move. The secretariat of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community endorsed efforts to recognize Sunday rest as part of the “cultural patrimony” of the continent.