He sent the message to an international theological congress in Rome.
The change will go into effect Oct. 1.
“Do you want to be first? Serve. This is the way,” the pope said.
He was addressing Catholics from the Diocese of Rome.
He said: ‘Please, pray for me who is a little old and a little, but not too much, sick!’
The pope formally instituted the new lay ministry in May.
Pope Francis is the first pope to attend an International Eucharistic Congress since the year 2000.
“Dear friends, the family is alive if it finds itself united in prayer," the pope said in a message ahead of the World Meeting of Families in Rome.
The 11-foot-tall puppet symbolizes unaccompanied refugee children.
The pope was speaking to Claretian Missionaries.
He was addressing participants in the 25th International Mariological Marian Congress.
At his general audience, the pope appealed for peace in Ethiopia.
The Vatican unveiled a working document and handbook.
Pope Francis has said that silent prayer with the Gospel is the “secret to spiritual health.”
“It is important to promote a ‘culture of faces,’ which places the dignity of the person at the center," Pope Francis said.
The Arché Foundation is opening a new house in Rome.
At the general audience, the pope continued to reflect on Galatians.
He made the appeal in his prayer intention for September.
The nurse reportedly advised the pope to undergo tests in February.