Published: 00:00 GMT Standard Time - Tuesday 20 March 2012
Daily Prayer - Tuesday 20 March 2012
When unrest broke out in Morocco during the “Arab Spring” of 2011, it was quietened by the king’s promise of reform and the issuing of a new constitution. But no concessions were made to Christians (or other minorities), and their very limited and insecure freedom seems unlikely to be increased in the near future. In the first elections under the new system, an Islamist group, the Justice and Development Party, won the most seats, and its leader was appointed prime minister. Pray that this alarming development will not lead to further repression of the country’s indigenous Christians, who are already forbidden from sharing their faith with Muslims, and who, as converts, can face pressure from their communities and local authorities. Pray that Morocco’s constitutional commitment to freedom of religion will be extended to Christian converts from Islam.