The Vatican bank accounts of Msgr. Nunzio Scarano were frozen July 9 as part of a Vatican court investigation into his activities.
Pope Francis has approved a major updating of the criminal laws of Vatican City State, including in areas dealing with child abuse and terrorism financing.
The Vatican has been called to give information on its record on child sexual abuse to a UN panel, a move that will show how Pope Francis wants to handle the issue.
Also notable: Both the Holy See and the Vatican City State turned a profit in 2012.
"In consecrating Vatican City to St. Michael the Archangel, we ask him to defend us from the evil one and cast him out," Pope Francis said.
The Vatican's financial oversight agency has joined the Egmont Group, an international network of financial information authorities, who cooperate to fight financial crime.
According to Italian news reports, Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII came one step closer to becoming saints on Tuesday.
Pope Francis' first encyclical, which he has said is largely the work of retired Pope Benedict XVI, will be published Friday.
Pope Benedict XVI's resignation was "a great example" of what it means to follow one's conscience through prayer, Pope Francis said Sunday.
An Italian monsignor, already suspended from his Vatican accounting job while under investigation for money laundering, was arrested Friday on charges of fraud, corruption and slander.