The Vatican has started shutting off its famous fountains amid a prolonged drought in many parts of Italy.

Vatican Radio said the move was in line with Pope Francis’s teachings on the environment.

The Pope laid out his ecological fears in a 2015 encyclical, which denounced wasteful practices and highlighted the importance of clean drinking water.

According to BBC News, the prolonged drought has hit two-thirds of farmland and has cost Italian agriculture some 2 billion Euros.

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