Pope denounces lack of access to drinking water for many


On Sunday, Pope Francis called for redoubled efforts to ensure everyone has access to safe drinking water.

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François lamented that “too many people have access to (only) a little water and that (which) is perhaps polluted”. He encouraged everyone to “reflect on the value of this wonderful, non-substitutive gift from God,” adding that water “is not a commercial good but a“ source of life and health ”.

“We must ensure that everyone has drinking water and sanitary services,” Francis said in his traditional Sunday lunch address to the faithful.

“I thank and encourage all those who, from various professions and responsibilities, work for such an important goal,” added the Pope. He notably cited those in his native country, Argentina, who are working on such water projects.

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The World Health Organization says about 2 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with fecal matter.

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