Day 19

DECEMBER | 2022

Bahrain

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Pope Francis dedicated his weekly General Audience in the Vatican to his recently-concluded Apostolic Journey to the Middle Eastern Gulf nation of Bahrain. To the crowds in St. Peter’s Square and those following from afar, the Pope expressed gratitude for the visit’s peace-producing fruits, especially in this world torn apart by conflict and war, especially the war in Ukraine. The Pope remembered that his travel there was for The Bahrain Forum for Dialogue, which brought together religious leaders in the service of peace. Why the Pope wanted to visit this small country with such a large Islamic majority? the Pope responded through three words: dialogue, encounter and journey. Pray that the dialogue will result in a spiritual breakthrough in Bahrain. Pray that God visits His people with favor and that they accept their Savior (The Bible, Isaiah 12:2).

Source:

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2022-11/pope-francis-general-audience-apostolic-journey-bahrain.html

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Bahrain is not ranked in the World Watch list because it is relatively religiously tolerant compared to its neighbors in the Persian Gulf. It is a majority Islamic country mainly with Shia Muslims, but the ruling family is Sunni Muslim. Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa is King of Bahrain since 14 February 2002. The Kingdom of Bahrain is the most open island country in the Gulf region and has opened its doors to some Christian influence. The constitution of Bahrain officially grants freedom of religion, but a provision also states that this freedom cannot violate established customs, policies or morals, all of which are influenced by Islam. Only a few expatriate Christians in the country experience relative freedom to worship but are under close surveillance by the government and security forces. Converts from Islam experience the most severe persecution, as family members and local communities pressure them to recant their Christian faith.

CHIEF OF STATE
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa
POPULATION
1,347,000
CHRISTIANS
8.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
2.3%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Shia Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
353
LIFE EXPECTANCY
78.73 yrs
LITERACY RATE
94.6%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown