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Pope Benedict Asserts Human Right to Water

July 16th, 2008

Pope Benedict affirmed that there is a “right to water,” based on the dignity of the human person, and it is not simply an “economic good”.

In a message to the international exposition on “Water and Sustainable Development,” in Zaragoza, Spain, the Pope made clear that “Because of the […] pressure of multiple social and economic factors, we must be conscious of the fact” that today “water must be considered ” a good that must be especially protected through clear national and international policies, and used according to sensible criteria of solidarity and responsibility.”

He cautioned against treating water simply as a commodity for sale.

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