Brazilian Cardinal João Braz de Aviz told members of religious orders that they must live their vocations "inserted" into the world, open to changes of modern life.
Just Catholic: Killing Christians is the goal of various extremist groups that call themselves Muslim, but killing Christianity is the real danger.
Pope Francis has said he expects his papacy to be brief, but Cardinal Walter Kasper is working to ensure Francis' legacy endures.
"They are martyrs of today and they are many," Pope Francis said Monday. "We can say that they might be more numerous than the first centuries."
"From the risen Lord we ask the grace not to succumb to the pride which fuels violence and war, but to have the humble courage of pardon and peace."
Thomas Reese, senior analyst with the National Catholic Reporter, discusses Pope Francis' work to date and his agenda for 2015 as part of Council on Foreign Relation's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
Reese makes a 10-minute presentation then answers questions from the people on the conference call. The conference call took place March 31.
"Jesus loved us, Jesus loves us, but without any limits, always, all the way to the end," Pope Francis said during the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper.
Pope Francis has outlined a deeply human model of the priesthood, telling priests they should exhaust themselves at the service of their people.
In a key move toward greater financial transparency, the Holy See signed an agreement with Italy that includes the full exchange of financial information about Vatican employees, pensioners, foundations and religious institutes that are subject to Italian taxes.
People and entities that reside in Italy were expected to be liable for Italian taxes on any interest or earnings coming from bonds, investments and savings in Vatican institutions, according to a general outline of the agreement.
Brazilian Archbishop Dom Hélder Câmara was a Latin American bishop known for radically calling on the church to stand with the poor.