Argentina is the second largest nation in Latin America (population 41 million). The country's population and culture were heavily shaped by immigrants from throughout Europe, but most particularly Italy and Spain, which provided the largest percentage of newcomers from 1860 to 1930 (CIA World Factbook). It boasts a number of impressive cities: Buenos Aires (3.5m, though there are 13 million in the greater metropolitan area), Cordoba (1.5m), San Justo (1.2m), and Rosario (1.2m). Major geographical features include the Pampas (a vast, fertile lowland plain) in the north, the flat to rolling plateau of Patagonia in the south and the Andes mountains to the west. Argentina also boasts the tallest peak on the continent of South America, indeed in the entire Western Hemisphere: Aconcagua (22,841 feet, or 6962 meters).

While 93% of this nation claims Christianity, 91% of whom are Catholic, in truth Argentina has a very secular culture. In my opinion, the spiritual potential of this sleeping giant has not been tapped. Pray that it will be.

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