ROME -- Reflecting on Jesus' death, recounted on Palm Sunday, Francis has said humility "is the way of Jesus; there is no other."
The Japanese bishops asked that even if Francis did not outright condemn nuclear power, he say it has "very serious problems that threaten life."
Two members of the commission say they are both concerned and surprised at the pope's decision to appoint a bishop in Chile who is accused of covering up abuse.
The president and the pope "will continue the dialogue, which they began during the President's visit to the Vatican in March 2014, on their shared values and commitments."
"I ask you all, please do not miss making your prayer," Pope Francis said. "This prayer for the synod on the family is for the good of all."
A traditionalist bishop who has denied the Holocaust has been automatically excommunicated along with the priest he illicitly ordained a bishop.
British Bishop Richard Williamson violated church law when he ordained Fr. Jean-Michel Faure, 73, a bishop without papal approval during a ceremony in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, on Thursday, the feast of St. Joseph.
While the Vatican did not comment immediately, canon law provides automatic excommunication for the newly ordained bishop and for the bishop ordaining him in cases where the ordination goes against the will of the pope.
Pope Francis will dine with about 90 prisoners who won their spots after a raffle among some 1,900 detainees.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, has been named the new president of the Catholic Biblical Federation.
While Tagle was elected unanimously as head of the federation at an Oct. 24-25 meeting in Rome of its executive committee, Pope Francis confirmed his election March 5.
He will assume his office at the federation's plenary assembly, to take place June 18-23 in Nemi, Italy. Tagle will succeed Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who has been president of the Catholic Biblical Federation since 2002.
"It's like a little vague feeling. But I have the feeling that the Lord puts me [here] for a brief thing and not more."
"Respect for the dignity of every human person and the common good are the two pillars on which the position of the Holy See has developed."