Day 15

DECEMBER | 2022

Iraq

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The head of the Catholic Church in Iraq has called for intra-Muslim dialogue to promote religious harmony and avoid further conflict in the Arab region. Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, said that dialogue and reconciliation were necessary for regional stability and security. There are ongoing conflicts in Iraq. There is a division between the Sunnis and Shiites, especially in Islam. Why can’t there be forgiveness between the people? Why can’t there be a direct dialogue and respect between the two sides? Cardinal Sako said. There should be a process of inclusion between the two sides — this is what God would want. Pray for Iraqis to do away with hatred, provocation, and ex-communication and set aside ancient and modern conflict in all its forms. Pray for Iraqis to dedicate their lives to God who is the source of peace and love (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:19).

Source:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/iraq/2022/11/09/head-of-catholic-church-in-iraq-calls-for-intra-muslim-dialogue-to-end-conflict/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Iraq is listed in 14th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Modern Iraq occupies what was once ancient Mesopotamia, but the world now knows Iraq less as a memorial to its vibrant history and more as a bloody battleground. The current president is Barham Salih. The incumbent Prime Minister of Iraq is Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, who holds most of the executive authority and is appointed to the Council of Ministers, which acts as a cabinet and/or government. In Iraq, the presence of Islamic extremist groups and their ideology continue to influence society. Christians are pressured to conform to the Islamic way of life and are often faced with physical abuse or the threat of kidnapping. The Iraqi government discriminates against Christians in various contexts, from the workplace to traveling checkpoints across the country. Blasphemy laws can be used to punish Christians who try to spread the gospel.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Faud Masum
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Haider al-Abadi
POPULATION
37,056,000
CHRISTIANS
1.4%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Shia Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
11
REFUGEES
4,026,483
LIFE EXPECTANCY
71.7 yrs
LITERACY RATE
80.2%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
18.7%