ITALY - Curbs Sunday Shopping

Arno Froese

The new Italian government will introduce a ban on Sunday shopping in large commercial centers before the end of the year as it seeks to defend family traditions, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said.

In a bid to spur economic growth, the then Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti liberalized Sunday trading in 2012, despite pressure from the Roman Catholic Church and unions who said the country needed to keep its traditional day of rest.

“This liberalization is in fact destroying Italian families,” said Di Maio, who is head of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement. “We need to start limiting opening and closing times again,” he told reporters.

The Italian and Polish initiatives run against a slow liberalization of Sunday shopping hours throughout Europe, where retailers face pressure from a boom in online shopping., 9 September 2018

Arno's commentary

Shopping seven days a week is considered by some to be a freedom, but by those who have to work, it is exactly the opposite. Most European nations have their own laws relating to shopping hours, but in general, religious and national holidays require all shops to be closed. Germany seems to be the most restrictive country when it comes to shopping on Sunday; they operate on the most limited hours in Europe.

Not too long ago, shops here in South Carolina were closed on Sunday. That now belongs to history, and many are open 24/7. The reason? Money! Especially corporations argue that their refrigeration systems, for example, continue to run 24/7; thus, they should be able recoup some of those expenses by keeping stores open longer.

From a Biblical standpoint, we believe this is the super success story of the new, global world; it is the system of Mystery Babylon. Revelation 18:3 reads: “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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