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Pope pens missive on poverty and weighs major overhaul of Vatican finance activities

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    Pope Francis is greeted by the faithful as he tours St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, prior to his general audience, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) (The Associated Press)

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    A gust of wind blows away Pope Francis' cap as he delivers his message during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) (The Associated Press)

Pope Francis has penned a new missive on the injustices of poverty amid indications that he and his cardinal advisers are eyeing a major overhaul of the Vatican's financial house.

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, a key adviser in Francis' Group of Eight cabinet, told the French Catholic newspaper La Croix that the idea of creating a "finance secretariat" was not only necessary but reasonable to better organize the Vatican's diverse financial departments so they can better serve the church.

He said: "A cardinal will probably be in charge of the finance secretariat, but one could also think about a permanent counsel to help him, including lay people."

The development came as Francis ended his third and final day of meetings with his advisers on Wednesday.