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.
On a hilltop in Salta, devotees visit a sanctuary for the Virgen del Cerro, who regularly appears to an intermediary there. People come for peace, spiritual connection and healing.
Difunta Correa is a popular, though unofficial, saint with roots in the Argentine civil wars. Her story speaks of both tragedy and motherly protection and determination.
It is difficult to overstate the role of Marian devotion in Argentine Catholicism. One of the most remarkable elements of Argentine devotion is the proliferation and salience of local advocaciones, titles or appearances under which Mary is invoked.
In much of northern Argentina, San Expedito stands out as one of the most popular saints for poor people. In San Miguel de Tucumán, devotees line the block to visit his statue on the 19th of every month.
Pilgrims play a large and communal role in the feast of Señor y Virgen del Milagro, held in Salta, Argentina September 13-15 each year.
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.