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Pope warns church leaders against seeking power

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June 26, 2013: Pope Francis delivers his speech in St. Peter's square at the Vatican during his weekly general audience. (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.