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Swedish churches pray for parliament

The Christian Council of Sweden has urged all of Sweden's churches to pray for a peaceful resolution to the country’s political crisis.

The Council has called on Christians to pray for the country, the government and the parliament in Sunday services.

"By doing this together our common prayers can provide blessing and strength," the Council said in a statement published on its website.

As part of the prayer, Christians are urged to state: "God, send your spirit over our country. We ask for wisdom and guidance for all who have responsibility in this society - the government, parliament and all citizens. We ask for a political climate marked by dialogue and respect, for a society which protects all individuals' value and dignity."

The Council's call to prayer follows days of political turmoil in Sweden. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced snap elections after his government’s budget was blocked. The Sweden Democrats voted for the opposition’s budget after a lengthy parliament debate, triggering a government crisis.

The Christian Council of Sweden is an umbrella organisation for 28 Christian churches that are divided into four groups: Lutheran, Roman-Catholic, Orthodox and Free Churches.

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