Area: 78,864 sq km
Landlocked central European state.
Population: 10,410,786 Annual Growth: 0.42%
Official language: Czech Languages: 20 All languages
Largest Religion: Non-religious
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Czech churches now send missionaries to several countries in Europe and around the world. This is an answer to prayer and will hopefully also generate spiritual vitality on the home front.
The Catholic Church is in what could almost be described as freefall. Despite outnumbering all other confessions nearly 6 to 1, its influence is waning quickly. The openness of the 1990s was a window of opportunity that was passed up. Instead of offering a living faith, traditionalism (religion for grannies) and a failure to act decisively relegated Catholicism to a minor role in society a strong contrast to neighbouring Slovakia and Poland. Increasing adaptation and renewal movements may not be enough to save Catholicism from declining further, since both laity and priesthood are generally quite old.
For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Czech Republic.