Pope: Pray, act to protect clean water, guarantee access to it

September 4, 2018
By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
National Catholic Reporter

Vatican City — Water is a gift of God that makes life possible and yet millions of people do not have access to safe drinking water, and rivers, seas and oceans continue to be polluted, Pope Francis said.

“Care for water sources and water basins is an urgent imperative,” the pope said in a message Sept. 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, an observance begun by the Orthodox Church and now celebrated by many Christians.