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Mosque in Ghadames - Photo: Wikipedia / Franzfoto
Islam is the official religion of Libya.
Photo: Wikipedia / Franzfoto (cc)

A recent government campaign against the celebration of Christmas is yet another demonstration of anti-Christian activity orchestrated by the authorities in the North African nation of Libya. A movement to confiscate Christmas decorations from stores was lauded by governing officials on the national news agency. In one city, local police shut down all stores that were selling the seasonal decorations.

In a bizarre twist, the Ministry of Interior issued a warning for all Libyan citizens, mandating that they are not to "celebrate Christmas on New Year's Eve" – a practice the authorities presumably believe is customary for those affiliated with Christianity. Police also warned against participating in any Christmas and New Year's celebration, claiming that such festivities are not representative of the country's religion or beliefs. In at least two separate incidents, followers of Christ were arrested as they celebrated the new year. For more reports addressing the difficulties facing Christians in Libya, go to our country report.

Pray that as Christians in Libya endeavour to live out their faith in a culture opposed to their beliefs, they will be endowed with the grace, wisdom and courage required to respond to these recent governmental warnings in a manner that brings honour to the wonderful God they serve. May these brothers and sisters in Christ seek His guidance for ways in which they can proactively love, bless and pray for their persecutors. Finally, pray that the country's governing authorities will gain an understanding of the various cultural and religious differences among the Libyan people and, as a result, strive to govern in a way that respects the freedom of all citizens.

Country Information

Population
7,017,224 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Berber and Arab (97), other (3)

Religion (%)
Muslim (96.6), Christian (2.7), Buddhist (0.3), Other (0.2) unafilliated (0.2)

Leader
Chairman, Presidential Council, Mohammed Al Menfi (2021)

Government type
In transition

Legal system
Libya's post-revolution legal system is in flux and driven by state and non-state entities

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Libya

Pray that converts to Christianity will stand firm, despite the threats of suffering and death.

Pray that strong and effective Christian resources, including Bibles and other literature, will be available in Libya.

Pray that Libyan Christians will have a strong desire to lead others to faith in the Lord.

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