The Francis Chronicles
Pope Francis has called for the reinforcement of what he has termed a biblical "alliance" between men and women that strengthens their communion in relationships but also respects differences between them.
Speaking in his weekly general audience Wednesday, the pope also rejected forms of male chauvinism that devalue women and called on society to "bring back" honor for marriage and family life.
The poor, migrants in search of a better life and the unemployed want what all human beings want: life, dignity and a chance to earn a decent living, Pope Francis said in several speeches urging compassion and assistance by both governments and individuals.
An inability to dialogue and to accept that God may be doing new things are signs of disobedience to God, Pope Francis said.
Obedience often leads people to a path for their life that is not the one they planned on taking, he said. To obey is "to have the courage to change paths when the Lord asks this of us."
Eradicating male and female identities does nothing to solve the problem of unfair or disrespectful treatment based on people's gender, Pope Francis said.
The presence of the Holy Spirit makes Christian communities places of harmony and sharing where wealth is not accumulated, but put at the service of the needy, Pope Francis said.
A Christian community shows it is filled with the Holy Spirit "when it is a community that seeks harmony" and does not allow internal divisions to fester, "when it seeks poverty" and "not the accumulation of riches for itself because wealth is for service," he said Tuesday at his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
The church today is called to be frank and courageous, just as the apostles were after the Resurrection, said Pope Francis at his first daily Mass after a two-week break for Holy Week and Easter.
"Even today, the message of the church is the message of frankness and Christian courage," the pope said Monday. In attendance at Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae were the nine members of the pope's advisory Council of Cardinals, who were to begin another round of meetings that day.