Future of humanity depends on protecting, sharing water, pope says

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March 23, 2015

Ukrainians carry empty buckets and bottles to have them filled with potable water

Residents near Kramatorsk, Ukraine, carry empty buckets and bottles to have them filled with potable water June 19, 2014, after a shelling from fighting with pro-Russian separatists reportedly destroyed a water supply system. (CNS photo/Valentina Svistunova, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The future of humanity depends on safeguarding and sharing potable water around the world, Pope Francis said.

“I encourage, therefore, the international community to make sure the planet’s water is adequately protected and no one is excluded or discriminated against” in the fair use of this resource, which is “the most essential element for life,” he said March 22 after reciting the Angelus with visitors gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

“The future of humanity depends on our ability to safeguard and share” clean water, the pope said, in marking World Water Day, an annual United Nations celebration to promote sustainable water management.

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