Pope Decries Lack of Access to Drinking Water for Many - Word&Way

Pope Decries Lack of Access to Drinking Water for Many

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday (March 21) urged more efforts to ensure all people have access to drinking water. He made his remarks ahead of World Water Day on Monday, which the United Nations uses to highlight the need for access to fresh water.

Pope Francis delivers his blessing as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter’s Square, at the Vatican,  on Sept. 20, 2020. (Andrew Medichini/Associated Press)

Francis lamented that far “too many people have access to (only) a little water and that is possibly polluted.” He encouraged all to “reflect on the value of this marvelous and non-substitutive gift of God,” adding that water “isn’t some good of commerce but “fount of life and of health.”

“It is necessary to assure the everyone has potable water and to hygienic services,” Francis said in his traditional Sunday noon remarks to the faithful. “I thank and encourage all who, from various professions and responsibilities, work for such an important aim.”

In particular, he cited those in his homeland, Argentina, who are working on such water projects.

The World Health Organization says some 2 billion people use a source of drinking water that is contaminated with feces.