Members of the pope's commission for child protection have been speaking with bishops and major Vatican offices to develop and educate the church about best practices.
Religions can play an important role in protecting the environment and defending human rights in their countries, their communities and their schools, Pope Francis said Thursday.
"I believe we are still at a nursery-school level in this. That is, in incorporating responsibility not only as a subject, but as (a matter of) conscience as part of holistic education," the pope said during an audience with participants of a Latin American conference on the care for creation.
From Global Sisters Report: Pope Francis proclaimed the sainthood of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, hailing her courage and love for people who live in poverty.
Vatican City: The bishop welcomed clerics and seminarians with questionable reputations, some expelled from other diocese for misconduct
While hailing the Colombian peace agreement, Pope Francis declined an invitation to name a representative to help choose judges for what have been described as "peace tribunals."
Pope Francis will head to Assisi for a record third time in his pontificate later in September for an interreligious encounter focused on peacemaking.
Vatican: Pope Francis suggests Christians add two new items to the traditional spiritual and corporal works of mercy in a push to continued warming of the planet.
Vatican: The new Vatican office will streamline the church's efforts on justice, peace, charity, healthcare and migration, putting management of the last issue directly under Pope Francis' control.
NCR Today: "The Lord tells us: 'Courage! Come! For me you are not thrown away,'" the pontiff told crowds Wednesday in St. Peter's Square.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin said prayer and "healthy realism" are needed to ensure progress in Vatican-Chinese relations.