The Basque Country has forged its identity defending its indigenous language and its traditions, whose origins are lost in history. A strong people used to hard work, Basques have a highly developed industry, and their quality of life is among the highest in Europe. Basque cuisine has crossed frontiers and within a small area one can discover some of the best chefs in the world. Writers and thinkers like Pió Baroja, Miguel de Unamuno and the artist Eduardo Chillida represent the cultural contributions of Basques to the world.
Many Basques are Catholic and pray to Mary in times of trouble. Shrines like the Virgin of Vegonia in Viscaya, and the Virgin in Aránzazu attract multitudes. Across the region, evangelicals have a minimal presence. Some large towns have no evangelical churches. You can travel through these green mountains and drive the streets of large cities, one after another, knowing that very few of the residents understand the words of Jesus when he said “he who has not been born again cannot see the kingdom of God.” For that reason we should pray that the message of reconciliation and forgiveness will be made clear among the Basques every day. May God send workers to announce the Good News of peace and reconciliation.
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