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In a surprise announcement from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter's Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal's rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.
The firestorm the remarks created over the film has highlighted the Vatican's often self-inflicted communications wounds and Francis' willingness to push his own agenda.
Francis previously endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages, but this is his first time speaking in favour of civil unions as pope.
Francis in June had ordered Janiak to leave Kalisz and forbade him from having any influence on how the diocese is run pending the investigation.
Francis spoke in a video message for an online event called "Countdown Global Launch, A Call to Action on Climate Change."
Francis on Sunday laid out his vision for a post-COVID world by uniting the core elements of his social teachings into a new encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti” (Brothers All), which was released on the feast day of his namesake, the peace-loving St. Fra...