In Brazil, a federal court ruled in favor of an Adventist student who was having Sabbath problems at a Catholic university.
The court says the student has the right to skip classes from Friday evening to Saturday evening.
Quielze Miranda, 19, hasn't been able to attend one of her college classes since the beginning of the school year because it is scheduled on Friday nights.
As a Seventh-day Adventist, Miranda believes in keeping the Sabbath from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, as written in the Bible.
Miranda knew her class schedule would be a problem, so she explained to the university her beliefs and offered a solution.
She asked that the school give her extra-curricular work instead of having to attend Friday night classes. The university denied her request due to "lack of legal support."
After seeking legal advice from her church's lawyer, she filed an injunction in federal court.
She asked the court to substitute her Friday night classes with extra-curricular work so that she wouldn't lose points for not going to classes on Sabbath.
[Photo source: Quielze Miranda, public photo on Facebook]
Miranda was afraid this would cause conflict between her and her school, according to an interview. Miranda said she then saw that her friends and teachers at the school supported her and hoped for a favorable decision for her since the beginning.
Thanks to the court's ruling, Miranda indeed has the right to skip classes on Sabbath and get extracurricular work assigned so she does not loose points for missing class.
The court's ruling is bassed on articles from Brazil's constitution and two international treaties in which the country participates, according to G1
Quielze Miranda is a first year international relations major at Universidade Sagrado Coração (Sacred Heart University) in Bauru, Sâo Paulo.
Video news report from a Brazilian news website: (In Portuguese)
You can read more about the court's ruling and Quielze Miranda's faith on Brazilian news websites G1 and Correio Estado. You can also read an interview with Quielze on the Northwest Brazilian Union's website.