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7/6/2014 (9 months ago)

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Families, friendships should have more importance: 'not economic but human'

The full commercialization of Sunday - from business being open to people working on what is biblical to be a day of rest, has Pope Francis in lamentation. The abandoning of the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays has a negative impact on families and friendships, he says.

At one point during the visits the pope encouraged parents to spend more time playing with their children. 'Waste time with your children!'

At one point during the visits the pope encouraged parents to spend more time playing with their children. "Waste time with your children!"

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/6/2014 (9 months ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope, Sunday, work, families, friends


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis made the comments during a visit to Molise, in southern Italy, where unemployment is chronically high.

The Pope says that while poor people need jobs to have dignity, he indicated that opening stores and other businesses on Sundays wasn't beneficial for society.

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The world's priority should be "not economic, but human," and that people should focus on families and friendships rather than commercial relationships.

"Maybe it's time to ask ourselves if working on Sundays is true freedom," he said.

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

The 77-year-old pontiff 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 prison visit.

Moving energetically and smiled often as he greeted crowds, the Vatican had described his health problems as "mild," but did not elaborate.

At one point during the visits the pope encouraged parents to spend more time playing with their children. "Waste time with your children!"

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