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The government of Italy is asking citizens to help the nation’s economy by working Sundays—their traditional day of rest. Prime Minister Mario Monti announced support for a new law that would require many businesses to remain open on Sunday, and add needed revenue to government coffers. The legislation is opposed by the church, small business owners, and Christians around the country because they say Sunday is a time for corporate worship and is considered a day of rest. The European Sunday Alliance is an organization that opposes the mandated extra day of work. The alliance works to improve working condition throughout the European Union, and points to studies explaining the benefits of employees taking at least one day of rest throughout the week. Shop owner Aldina Orlandini said people like to have the shops open on Sunday, but she does not make enough extra sales to make it worthwhile. She added, “People have the right to rest one day per week. The law should mandate a day off.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Italian Christians to Decide: Help the Economy or Honor Sundays,

By Stoyan Zaimov,, Accessed December 27, 2012.

Psalm 127:2 (NASB) It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

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