Former Pope Benedict claims in a new memoir that he broke up a “gay lobby” in the Vatican that attempted to influence his decisions.

Italian daily Corriere della Sera on Friday summarized key points in Benedict's upcoming book, titled The Last Conversations.

Benedict, who, citing health concerns, stepped down in 2013, says in the book that he “broke up this power group,” which he described as four or five individuals who were seeking to influence his decisions.

Pope Francis has also acknowledged the existence of a “gay lobby,” saying that “it is there” and “we need to see what we can do.”

Benedict, 89, said that he resigned because he was “exhausted” and lacked a “resoluteness in governing.”