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.
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."
Pope Francis has outlined a deeply human model of the priesthood, telling priests they should exhaust themselves at the service of their people.
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 new Vatican commission advising Pope Francis on clergy sexual abuse have said they are both concerned and surprised at the pontiff's decision to appoint a bishop in Chile who is accused of covering up abuse, and even witnessing it, while he was a priest.
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."