A communique was published by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples to mark the occasion of the 2013 World Tourism Day. The full original text is given below: “On September 27, we will celebrate World Tourism Day, following the theme suggested for this year by the World Tourism Organization: ‘Tourism and water: protecting our common future’. This is in line with the ‘International Year of Cooperation for Water’, that was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations, during the International Decade for Action ‘Water, source of life’ (2005-2015), in order to highlight ‘that water is critical for sustainable development, especially for environmental integrity and eradication of poverty and hunger, it is essential for the health and well-being of human beings, and is fundamental to achieve the Millennium Development Goals’.
Reflection by Amanda Livermore, Assistant Director of Diocesan Mission Office Often when we share our sister diocese relationship with San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic, people first imagine pristine beaches and beautiful tourist destinations. It is true that the landscape of this country, both on the coast and in the mountains, is spectacular. I feel blessed each time I am there to witness God’s gift of creation in this way. The water draws people together in recreation, but also in basic daily needs. In our Sister Diocese, there are areas in which the water is not safe to drink, causing widespread illness and even death. Through the support of our own parishes, the people who live on the fringe of society receive water filters which have alleviated this problem. Water is collected and consumed without fear, and the children are hydrated and healthy! We are grateful for your continued support, which helps our brothers and sisters to receive the most basic of needs…clean water.