Pope warns church leaders against seeking power

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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013 5:57 am | Updated: 11:14 am, Wed Aug 21, 2013.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has told churchmen to shun the "logic of human power" as he tries to rid the Vatican's power structures of corruption and other wrongdoing.

Francis in a homily Saturday in St. Peter's Basilica also warned his church of the "danger of thinking in a worldly way."

The admonition comes a day after Italian authorities arrested a Vatican accountant in a probe of an alleged attempt to smuggle millions of dollars from Switzerland into Italy. In the latest scandal tainting the church, the Italian prelate is also under investigation in a separate money-laundering probe.

Separately, an Italian cardinal, Velasio de Paolis, told Rome daily Il Messaggero that the Vatican "must clean house," adding Francis is right to pursue his anti-corruption campaign within church hierarchy.

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