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Pope Francis calls for poor church

June 11, 2013 at 8:30 AM

VATICAN CITY, June 11 (UPI) -- Pope Francis, while delivering a homily at his residence in the Vatican, said the Catholic Church should not seek wealth.

"If you want to have a rich Church, then the Church ages, it has no life," Francis said.

The Argentine pope, who has focused on the poor since he was selected at a conclave March, said the church should have a heart of poverty, ANSA reported.

"The works of the church must go forward and some are complex, but with a heart of poverty, not a heart of investment or of a businessman," he said.

Pope Francis also noted that Saint Peter did not have a bank account.

"When he had to pay taxes, the Lord sent him to sea to fish a fish with a coin inside in order to pay," he said.

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