He told his audience: "Access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival.... To deny a family water, under any bureaucratic pretext whatsoever, is a great injustice, especially when one profits from this need."
People needed access to infrastructures and basic services, he said: "By this I mean toilets, sewers, drains, refuse collection, electricity, roads, as well as schools, hospitals, recreational and sport centres, studios and workshops for artists and craftsmen."
He ended his address: "Dear neighbours, dear brothers and sisters, let us together pray, work and commit ourselves to ensuring that every family has dignified housing, access to drinking water, a toilet, reliable sources of energy for lighting, cooking and improving their homes; that every neighbourhood has streets, squares, schools, hospitals, areas for sport, recreation and art; that basic services are provided to each of you; that your appeals and your pleas for greater opportunity can be heard; that all can enjoy the peace and security which they rightfully deserve on the basis of their infinite human dignity."
Read the full text of his address here. (Photograph courtesy of CAFOD.)