Hope rises that papal encyclical will address vitality of water sources

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June 9, 2015

A man and woman walk near the Atlantic Ocean on Race Point Beach in Provincetown, Mass., June 3. The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Sii" (Praised Be), a line from St. Francis of Assisi's "Canticle of Creatures," will be released June 18. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) See ENCYCLICAL-TITLE (UPDATED) June 4, 2015.

A man and woman walk near the Atlantic Ocean on Race Point Beach in Provincetown, Mass., June 3. The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Sii” (Praised Be), a line from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of Creatures,” will be released June 18. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

IQUITOS, Peru (CNS) — As floodwaters rose with heavy rains in this Amazonian city, Graciela Tejada and her neighbors found greasy slaughterhouse offal, human feces and used hypodermic needles floating practically to their doorsteps.

As a huge culvert discharged sewage into the flooded streets, Tejada, 50, and her family retreated indoors, while passers-by held their noses.

With no running water in their homes, kids sometimes bathed in the floodwater. Tejada worried whether the pollution would harm the health of her 2-year-old and 7-month-old grandchildren.

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