Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Thursday 08 June |
Saint of the Day: St. Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan
Aleteia logo
separateurCreated with Sketch.

New Italian government proposes a ban on Sunday shopping


© Retuna

Zelda Caldwell - published on 09/11/18

Returning to a traditional day of rest would benefit families, said Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio

What can God do in your life with one Bible verse a day?
Subscribe to Aleteia's new service and bring Scripture into your morning:
Just one verse each day.
Click to bring God's word to your inbox

Italy’s new government announced on Sunday that it will move to ban Sunday shopping in large commercial centers in order to protect the family, Reuters reported.

Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday that the new government would seek to reverse the 2012 liberalization of Sunday shopping laws, put forward by then Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, and opposed by the Catholic Church.

“This liberalization is in fact destroying Italian families,” said Di Maio.“We need to start limiting opening and closing times again,” he said, according to the Reuters report.

In March of this year, Poland banned shopping on Sundays, a move supported by the Catholic Church and the trade union Solidarity, which fought for a day off for its workers.

A 2015 ban on Sunday shopping in Hungary was repealed a year after it went into effect due to its unpopularity.

If Sunday shopping were indeed restricted once again in Italy, the country would join several other European countries, including Hungary, Germany, Austria, France and Spain in limiting Sunday shopping to varying degrees.

Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.