Farmers must find a delicate balance between reaping the precious gifts of the earth and protecting them for future generations, especially given the threat of climate change, Pope Francis said.
Many women "have reached places of prestige within society and the workplace, but have no corresponding decisional role nor responsibility within ecclesial communities."
New archbishops will be formally invested with their palliums in their archdiocese instead of at the Vatican.
The Francis Chronicles: When their lives are all work and no play, men turn their children into "orphans" who lack a father to guide them, Pope Francis said.
In his annual message for Lent, Pope Francis called on Christians to remember those in need during the season before Easter.
Writing to the 20 new cardinals he will create in February, Pope Francis said they should graciously accept that their friends, family and faithful will want to celebrate, but they also should ensure that the celebrations are not exaggerated.
The journey of faith always begins a little selfishly, seeking from God healing or help with a problem, but Christian maturity is allowing oneself to be purified and to arrive at the point of recognizing Jesus as savior, Pope Francis said.
Celebrating Mass on Thursday in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives, Pope Francis commented on Gospel stories that recount how the crowds flocked to Jesus hoping for healing.
Families who have lots of children do not cause poverty, Pope Francis said.
The main culprit is "an economic system that has removed the human person from its focus and has placed the god of money" as its priority instead, he said Wednesday.
The pope dedicated his general audience talk to a review of some of the highlights from his Jan. 13-19 visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.
Speaking to an estimated 7,000 people gathered in the Paul VI audience hall, the pope recalled his second apostolic journey to Asia after visiting South Korea in August.
Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's former chief prosecutor of clerical sex abuse cases, will head a new doctrinal team dealing with appeals filed by clergy accused of abuse.
While baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday, Pope Francis urged mothers to breast-feed their infants if they were hungry.
"Mothers, give your children milk -- even now," Francis said. "If they cry because they are hungry, breast-feed them, don't worry."
The pope departed from his prepared text, which included the phrase "give them milk," and inserted the Italian term allattateli, which means "breast-feed them."
The celebration took place to mark the day Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the waters of the Jordan River.