Holy See: Pope demands wealthy nations redistribute wealth in climate change encyclical

Pope Francis demanded that the world's richest nations start paying reparations to the world's poor and take serious measures to combat climate change, after the Pontiff released a 180-page encyclical on the environment and global poverty from the Vatican, Thursday. Religious officials are seen attending the conference at which the climate change encyclical was released, Thursday. The document, which focuses on the perceived irresponsibility of more economically developed countries in their approach to climate change, also highlights the plight of the poor, blaming the powerful and their misuse of resources for the unequal distribution of wealth in the world. Pope Francis has recently been criticized for delving into the climate change debate, receiving advice from several high-profile US public figures, including US Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush, to stay away from science.