Latin America is generally considered Catholic, but Uruguay, its second smallest country, has a long secular history. In the 19th century, public expression of religion was banned, and the government made numerous provocations against the Catholic Church. For example, on Good Friday, a day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics, the government would arrange free barbecues.
Bolivia has long been the poorest country in South America, and while its economy has improved as of late, the majority of its people can expect to see little, if any, change. For example, Cochabamba, Bolivia's fourth-largest city, has emerged as a center of industry, but many of its residents continue to live in deep poverty.