The Vatican also indicted Jozef Wesolowski on charges of serious psychological distress and harm to adolescent sexual abuse victims and repeated use of online pornography.
Pope Francis last month attracted international attention with the release of his environmental encyclical, in which he described climate change as "a global problem with grave implications" that needs to be urgently addressed.
Particular attention was placed on the failings of political leaders and the importance of people changing their lifestyles, making sacrifices to help combat climate change.
The Vatican is calling on bishops globally to act on the pope's groundbreaking environmental encyclical, Cardinal Peter Turkson said in an interview.
Last week, bishops' conferences across the world were sent a message urging them to speak up about the message of the papal letter, which called for greater action on the environment, said Turkson, who is president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox must pray together and work hand-in-hand helping the poor, Pope Francis told thousands of Catholic charismatics and members of other Christian communities.
If the devil "unites us in death, who are we to divide ourselves in life?" he said, adding that all Christians can and must pray together, as they have all received the same baptism and are striving to follow Christ.
A homecoming for the Argentine pope likely to draw attention to key challenges in the region.
Harsh criticisms meted out by Pope Francis on free-market capitalism have sparked backlash from some fiscal conservatives and have led some people to call him "anti-capitalist" or even Marxist.
Ahead of his apostolic visit to the United States in September, some are bracing themselves for more criticisms from the pope, this time directed specifically at the U.S. culture and economy.
Pope Francis visited retired Pope Benedict XVI at his Vatican residence Tuesday to wish him a happy summer.
Pope Francis will visit Cuba and the United States during a Sept. 19-27 visit. Get the full schedule here.
The parents of St. Therese of Lisieux will be canonized Oct. 18 at the Vatican during the Synod of Bishops on the family.
Louis Martin (1823-1894) and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin (1831-1877) will be the first married couple with children to be canonized in the same ceremony. Other married couples are among the blesseds of the church.
Pope Francis issued the decree approving their canonization Saturday during the public consistory on canonizations at the Vatican; more than 40 cardinals attended.
Pope Francis gave a forceful message to the world’s newest Catholic archbishops Monday, saying they should live lives "coherent" with what they preach.