Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has been given a new position in the Roman Curia working to help prepare catechism for national bishops' conferences.
The cardinal-designate spoke about the situations faced by people in his country, the changing dynamic of the College of Cardinals and how Francis is "reviving" the church.
It is important that "a homliy isn't boring." If one looks at the homilies of Francis, "there is nothing boring. There is always something that challenges people."
People will not find the face of God by relaxing at home on the couch, surfing online or reading encyclopedias, Pope Francis said.
Only people with a restless heart that thirsts for God will find him as they strike out on the road, taking risks and overcoming fatigue, danger and doubt, he said Feb. 10 during the morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives.
Cities can be chaotic and cold, but people need God in a metropolis as much as they need him anywhere, Pope Francis said.
Lay Catholics especially are called "to go out without fear," offering a human touch and God's love to people they work with or live near, the pope said Saturday during a meeting with members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
The commission, which mentions the word "accountability" four times in its statement, says it is "keenly aware that the issue of accountability is of major importance."
The commission advising Pope Francis on clergy sexual abuse will be recommending consequences for bishops who do not report abuse.
Francis has called again for a more "incisive" presence of women in the leadership of the Catholic church, calling them akin to a "welcoming womb" but offering few specifics.
Bringing more expertise and more geographic balance, the larger commission and the global nature of the church could add to the complexity, rather than reduce it.
Seven young people from six countries shared their stories with the pope and asked him questions during a Google Hangout, a live video conversation online.