NCR Today: Francis needs to speak about the plight of the poor, both domestically and worldwide, immigration issues, and climate change.
Seven young people from six countries shared their stories with the pope and asked him questions during a Google Hangout, a live video conversation online.
Officials dealing with law and order must firmly uphold the law while at the same time respecting human rights and dignity, Pope Francis said.
Public officials are called to exercise "professionalism and your humanity, your knowledge and your prudence without discouragement or pessimism, knowing, however, that you are not faced with abstract matters but with concrete lives of men and women with their problems and hopes," he said.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
"We see faith driving us to do right, But we also see faith being twisted and distorted, used as a wedge -- or worse, sometimes used as a weapon."
Salvation has nothing to do with the "theology of prosperity" some people claim to see in the Gospel, thinking material well-being comes with faith.
Saying their letters had touched his heart, Pope Francis wrote a personal response encouraging teens in southern Arizona in their work aiding migrants.
Every family needs a father -- a father who shares in his family's joy and pain, hands down wisdom to his children and offers them firm guidance and love, Pope Francis said.
Being a father is not easy since it takes lots of patience and grace, he said.
"But what consolation, what a reward one receives when the children honor this legacy. It is a joy that more than makes up for the hard work, that overcomes every misunderstanding and heals every wound," the pope said at his general audience Feb. 4.
The Vatican has made a shift toward acceptance of more progressive views of the changes of Vatican II and its emphasis on a church for the poor.