The new pope greeted more than 250,000 people who gathered in St. Peter's Square Easter Sunday.
Pope Francis' Easter message decried the conflicts on the Korean peninsula and in the Middle East. But he also took steps to show the tangible love of Christ, once again moving out among the people, taking time to embrace a disabled boy.
The pope also tweeted to the faithful: "Accept the risen Jesus into your life. Even if you have been far away, take a small step toward Him: He awaits you with open arms."
Meanwhile, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said this is a time of renewal, repair, and resurrection in the Roman Catholic Church. He said the new pope's challenge is reconnecting Jesus and His Church.
Dolan also made the rounds on Sunday morning talk shows, where he said the Church must continue to defend traditional marriage, but find a more loving way to convey its message.
"We gotta do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people. And I admit, we haven't been too good at that," Dolan told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.
"We try our darndest to make sure we're not an anti-anybody. We're in the defense of what God has taught us about -- about marriage. And it's one man, one woman, forever, to bring about new life. We gotta do better to try to...take that away from being anti-anybody," Dolan said.