Sunday, June 12, 2011

Control of Water Is a New Catholic Issue in Italy; Church Seeks to Revoke Decree of Private Control

The Catholic News Service website reports today (June 12, 2011) that Italians are going to the polls on June 12 and 13 to decide whether to revoke a decree that imposed the privatization of water resources.

The issue has stirred an intense debate in Italy, with church leaders arguing that water is the archetypal "gift from God" that should not be polluted by the profit motive.

On June 9, a group of more than 100 missionary priests and nuns fasted and prayed in St. Peter's Square to underline their support for the referendum.

Some 25 Italian dioceses have signed an appeal asking for a "yes" vote to preserve water as a universally shared resource.

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