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Pope presses reform agenda amid new Vatican scandal, calls for church that shuns power, money

  • Pope Francis delivers his message inside the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore during his visit to Florence, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Pope Francis delivers his message inside the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore during his visit to Florence, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pope Francis is hugged by a priest in the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore during his visit to Florence, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Pope Francis is hugged by a priest in the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore during his visit to Florence, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd from his popemobile, in Prato, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. The pope denounced the "cancer" of abusive labor practices during a visit Tuesday to the Italian industrial city of Prato, near Florence, where a 2013 garment factory fire killed seven Chinese workers. (AP Photo/Francesco Bellini)

    Pope Francis waves to the crowd from his popemobile, in Prato, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. The pope denounced the "cancer" of abusive labor practices during a visit Tuesday to the Italian industrial city of Prato, near Florence, where a 2013 garment factory fire killed seven Chinese workers. (AP Photo/Francesco Bellini)  (The Associated Press)

Pope Francis is insisting that the Catholic Church shun all temptations of power, prestige and money as he presses his reform agenda amid new scandal in the Vatican.

Francis outlined his vision of the church on Tuesday in a lengthy speech to Italian bishops gathered in Florence. He told them he wanted a church that was humble and poor, not obsessed with doctrine or acquiring power.

He said: "May God protect the Italian church from every substitute of power, image and money."

He said Christians shouldn't be "obsessed with power even when it takes the shape of a power that is useful for the social image of the church."

Francis' visit comes as the Vatican is coping with revelations in two new books of continued internal resistance to his efforts to reform the Italian-dominated Vatican bureaucracy. A high-ranking Vatican monsignor and a laywoman have been arrested in a Vatican probe into leaked documents that formed the basis of the books.