Although Latin America as a whole is described as a ‘Catholic continent,’ Uruguay, the second smallest country in Latin America, actually has a long secular history behind it. In the 19th century, all public expression of religion was banned, banished to the private sphere, and the secularist government of the day engaged in numerous deliberate provocations against the Catholic Church.
Bolivia has long been the poorest country on the South American continent. Even though the economic situation has slightly improved recently, there has been little sign of any benefit for large sections of the population. All this applies to the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia‘s fourth-largest. The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart have been working since 2005 in two parishes in Quillacollo, a western suburb of Cochabamba.