Pope Praises Water as 'most Essential Element for Life,' Wants Protection and Access for All

Pope Francis is encouraging the world to ensure its water supplies are protected and available to all.
Francis noted the United Nations was marking Sunday as an occasion to draw attention to water's importance.
He quoted St. Francis of Assisi, who inspired his choice of name as pope, in praising water for its usefulness and purity.
Francis intends to detail his views on the environment soon in an encyclical, a Vatican position paper reserved for important matters.