Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012 Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017
Within a couple of days, the Portuguese Episcopal Conference and the Vatican have made separate proposals to amend the Portuguese Government's current plans to cancel 2 religious annual non-working public holidays in Portugal.
The Portuguese Episcopal Conference has asked the Portuguese Government to delay by one year its planned cancellation of the Corpo de Deus (Corpus Christi) non-working public holiday, scheduled in 2012 for June 7. The reason given is that the date of June 7 is coming fast and that celebratory preparations are far advanced already.
For its part, a spokesperson for the Vatican has announced that the Vatican would prefer that the November 1st, All Saints' Day public holiday be canceled rather than the August 15, Assumption Day non-working public holiday.
Late last year (2011-12-01), the Portuguese government of Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho had announced that it intended to cancel 4 annual non-working public holidays: Corpo de Deus (Corpus Cristi), Assunção de Nossa Senhora (August 15), Implantação da República (October 5), and Restauração da independência (December 1st). A month later (2012-01-18), the Portuguese government secured an agreement from unions and employers on its planned cancellation of 4 annual non-working Portuguese public holidays.
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