The work-free Sunday is considered a high societal good because it not only brings a rhythm to the weekly routine but, by being the common day off for the great majority of citizens, it also allows human encounters and time together for all family members. Kolping Europe stressed that the work-free Sunday is a very special day not only for religious reasons, but that it is also of great importance to
the cohesion of a society. Many National Kolping Societies in Europe have joined the national Sunday Alliances and are actively lobbying to curtail the opening of shops on Sundays and to keep the Sunday work-free with the exception of essential
services such as medical care for instance.
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