The world’s smallest state; an enclave in the heart of the city of Rome, the last remaining vestige of the once-considerable papal domains in central Italy.
Population: 785 Annual Growth: 0.05%
Largest Religion: Christian
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The Pope is head of the single largest religious body on earth and of a state that is the outcome of a long history and of a unique conception of what the role of the Church in the world should be. He exercises an enormous influence within and beyond the Roman Catholic Church. Pray for the right man to fill the post for the right time, and pray for the redemptive use of the Vaticans formidable politico-religious influence.
The Roman Catholic Church is going through a time of turmoil and change. There are many doctrines and positions that divide this increasingly diverse body ecumenism, the celibacy of the priesthood, the position of women, homosexuality and issues of AIDS and contraception. Pray for the essence of the gospel to be recaptured and for unbiblical forms and practices to be excised from the Church.
For an additional 2 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 Holy See (Vatican City State).