Towards Global Sunday Law
Several thousand years ago, the king of Babylon decreed that his subjects must worship only in the way he saw fit.
Three Hebrew Yisraelite men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, chose to follow their consciences, standing up against the king and his edict. Thus began a standoff that remains famous even to this day (see Daniel 3).
Unfortunately, we are seeing the same situation repeating itself today.
The Pope is calling for the world to acknowledge and honor Sunday as a day of rest. Legislation that will force the world to worship and rest on Sunday would be the ideal solution.
There are many voices clamoring to fulfill exactly such a goal, using the economy, the environment, and even the family as reasons to legislate Sunday rest.
Another standoff is on the horizon.
Those who refuse to give up the Scriptural seventh-day Sabbath will face trials as tough as the furnace faced by Shadrach and his companions.
However, we can hold fast hope, knowing that YAHUAH who spared the Yisraelite men from the fiery furnace is coming again soon.
Here are some of the ways the world is moving towards Sunday legislation:
Sep 17, 2015
Sunday Law News Archives: 2004-2012
Archived news from 2004-2012 about Sunday Law.
Sep 07, 2015
Capitalism’s War on the Sabbath
Capitalism’s War on the Sabbath
Aug 12, 2015
Pope Francis: Sundays are a Gift from God
Moments of rest and celebration were the focal point of Pope Francis’ Wednesday general audience, during which he spoke out against a profit-centered mentality and encouraged families to live life at a more human pace.
Aug 12, 2015
Pope Francis: Celebration and Rest are Vital for Family Life
Families need moments of rest and celebration, Pope Francis has said at his weekly general audience.
Aug 12, 2015
Pope Desires Focus on Celebration, Work, and Prayer, Resting on Sundays
Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience on Wednesday morning in the Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father dedicated his catechetical reflection once again to the family, opening a new phase in the series of reflections on the family, to three specific facets of family life: celebration, work and prayer.
Aug 09, 2015
Current laws allow smaller shops to open all day, but restrict those over 3,000 sq ft to six hours.
Jun 19, 2015
Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ of the Holy Father Francis on Care for our Common Home
On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis issued his encyclical on climate change.
May 26, 2015
Pope Francis Calls for Unity Between Evangelicals and Catholics
Pope Francis has called for unity among evangelicals, Catholics, and Christians from other denominations, emphasizing that “we are one in Christ” and warning that division between the groups is the work of the devil.
Sep 29, 2014
The Push for Sunday Law Continues
To find updates on Sunday alliance groups in Europe, please see the website below.
Jul 29, 2014
Pope Francis Reveals Top 10 Secrets to Happiness
In his latest interview, Pope Francis reveals his top 10 secrets to happiness.
Jul 05, 2014
Pope Laments Work on Sundays, Claiming Negative Effects
Pope Francis has lamented the abandoning of the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays, saying it has a negative impact on families and friendships.
Jul 05, 2014
Pope Frances: Sundays Should be Observed by All, Not Just Faithful
Youtube clip from Foxnews featuring Pope Francis’ comments on Sunday.
Jun 27, 2014
Pope Francis Convenes Extraordinary Synod on Families in October 2014
The Vatican’s newly released outline for the Synod on the Family touches on the nature of families and the current challenges they face.
May 25, 2014
Pope Claims a Relationship with Jesus is Dangerous Without Church
Christians are not made in a laboratory, but in a community called the church, Pope Francis said.
Mar 18, 2014
Catholic Church pushes for Sunday Laws
Jan 28, 2014
USA Today Columnist: Jail “anti-vac” Parents
According to one USA Today columnist, parents who do not vaccinate their children should go to jail.
Apr 26, 2013
Pope Francis Has a Few Words in Support of Leisure
Read about how the holiness of the Sabbath is going to be transferred to Sunday, and what the Pope thinks about this issue. Find out when and how the Pope believes we should “relax.”
Jan 28, 2013
Pope Calls on Faithful to Dedicate Sunday to the Lord
In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Benedict XVI called on the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square to live Sunday not only as a day of rest and of the family, but above all as a day “to dedicate to the Lord.”
Dec 19, 2012
Vatican Works to Stop Sunday Shopping In Italy
The Roman Catholic Church, trade unions and small business associations have joined forces in a bid to save Sundays.
Sep 04, 2012
Eurozone demands six-day week for Greece
Government in Athens under pressure to introduce a six-day working week as part of the terms for a second bailout.
Jun 26, 2012
Sunday Legislation in the EU
Learn about EU Sunday legislation in the news from various websites, articles, and videos.
Jun 22, 2012
A Necessary Time Out
The spirit behind taking time out on the Sabbath is as pivotal to a rounded life as ever it was.
Jun 06, 2012
Sundays must be a day of rest dedicated to God, family, pope says
Sunday must be a day of rest for everyone, so people can be free to be with their families and with God, the pope said.
May 03, 2012
No Brunching on Sunday Mornings
Serving food before noon on Sundays is against the law.
Mar 07, 2012
Catholic Church and Trade Unions form ‘Holy Alliance’
Catholic leaders and trade unions support Sunday observance.
Jul 19, 2011
Vatican Official says Sundays are for worship and rest
Vatican official exhorts Catholics to set aside Sundays for God and rest.
Jul 07, 2011
Israel looks to making Sunday Day of Rest
Israel’s government is examining a proposal to shift the weekend to the western Saturday and Sunday.
Jul 05, 2011
Israeli Government to consider adding Sunday as day of rest
PM appoints head of National Economic Council as chairman of committee to look into making Sunday day of rest, Friday half-day
Jun 20, 2011
Inception of European Sunday Alliance in Brussels
The European Sunday Alliance has formed as a network of Sunday alliances, trade unions, and religious communities.
Jun 01, 2011
Modern Noah’s Ark to Set Sail for Olympics
Life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark to sail up Thames for 2012 games… complete with animals
Jan 19, 2011
American Government Seizing Taxpayers’ Money
Could there really be a vast conspiracy involving Wall Street and the US Government?
Sep 26, 2010
Pope Wants Sunday As Day of Rest Starting in 2011
Pope Benedict XVI is asking families and parishes to begin preparations a year in advance (2011) availing of Pope John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation “Familiaris Consortio”
Sep 07, 2010
North Dakota Catholic Conference says ‘Sunday law’ benefits all people
“Sunday closing laws are not about honoring the Sabbath day, they are about honoring people and families.”
Jul 22, 2010
Europe Turns Ear Toward Voice of the People
Legislation may be underway preventing all shops across Europe from opening on Sundays.
Apr 05, 2010
Even Atheists Need to Switch Off on Sundays
Germany’s highest court has ruled that Sunday should be kept as a day of rest and has overturned a Berlin law easing restrictions on Sunday shopping. Most German newspapers on Wednesday greet the ruling, some for reasons of religion and tradition, others out of a concern for workers’ rights.
Mar 02, 2010
Supermarkets in Court over Sunday Opening
Five supermarkets are being taken to court for illegally opening on Sundays.
Feb 17, 2010
A Call to Bring Back Sundays
Should we celebrate Family Day weekly, and not annually? Another call to bring back Sundays.
Dec 27, 2009
Cook Island Christians Pray for Sunday Flights Reprieve
After the introduction of flights on Sundays to the Cook island of Aitutaki, John Pickford examines how the predominantly Christian island is reacting to its Sabbath being disrupted.
Dec 02, 2009
High Court Reaffirms Ban on Sunday Shopping
Germany’s highest court found Berlin’s shopping Sundays a year are against the constitutional protection of Sundays as a day of rest.
Feb 23, 2009
European Bishops Still Pressing for Sunday Rest
Feb 17, 2009
Protection of the Work-Free Sunday
Jan 08, 2009
“Never on Sunday” Law Kicks in
Croatian retailers sack workers as “never on Sunday” law kicks in.
Nov 18, 2008
The EU Must Keep Sunday, Says Catholic Church
Jul 15, 2008
Sunday Shopping Banned in Croatia
Apr 06, 2008
Ikea Fined for Sunday Opening in Paris
Ikea was ordered to pay more than $700,000 for staying open on Sundays in a Paris