Despite occasional conflicts between church and state, Catholicism has long enjoyed a very privileged position in Argentinian culture, where the overwhelming majority of people are Catholic, at least by virtue of baptism.
In Argentina, 20 percent of Catholics identify as charismatic. While the proportion of charismatics is low compared to the rest of Latin America, it is still significant.
The feast of Señor y Virgen del Milagro — the Lord and Virgin of the Miracle — celebrated in Salta, Argentina, is by far the biggest religious gathering in Argentina, and perhaps the largest annual Catholic assembly on the continent. The days leading up to this grand procession are full of powerful moments of solidarity that seem to unite the whole city.