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.
Formation directors for religious orders must be "lovingly attentive" to those they are guiding so that "the eventual crisis of quantity does not result in a much graver crisis of quality."
Pope Francis said atrocities from the past have to be recognized for true reconciliation and healing to come to the world.
Declaring the upcoming jubilee, Pope Francis powerfully calls on the Catholic church to refashion as a place not of judgment but of pardon.
Celebrating the first vespers for Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis formally will deliver the "bull of indiction" or proclamation of the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.
Portions of the document will be read Saturday in front of the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican announced. The Holy Door, usually bricked up, is opened at the beginning of a jubilee year.
The Holy Year of Mercy is scheduled for Dec. 8, 2015, to Nov. 20, 2016.
Pope Francis called on the Catholic bishops of Armenia, who are marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide this month, not to retreat in a pastoral commitment to help their people "read reality with new eyes" and to live the hope of resurrection amid their suffering.
Meeting with bishops of the Patriarchal Synod of the Armenian-Catholic church Thursday, the pope also asked that God "hasten concrete gestures of reconciliation and peace among the nations that still fail to reach a reasonable consensus on the reading of these sad events."
"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.
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.