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Cardinal Pell arrives in Australia to face legal charges

July 10, 2017

Cardinal George Pell has arrived in Australia to answer charges of sexual abuse.

The 76-year-old Cardinal Pell, who is on leave from his post as prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, traveled from Rome to Sydney, Australia, in several stages, at the advice of his doctors. He had been told that he should not take long overseas flights because of a heart condition.

The cardinal, who has repeatedly asserted his innocence of misconduct, will answer charges in a Melbourne court hearing on July 17. To date prosecutors have not revealed the charges against him.


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  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Jul. 11, 2017 12:23 AM ET USA

    Jesus walked into a set-up where the trial verdict was already unfairly decided and caused His death. Cardinal Pell is knowingly following in the way of the Cross.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 10, 2017 11:28 PM ET USA

    May God be with him during this time and that the outcome will be a dismissal of charges by the court. Shame on the media for their treatment of Cardinal Pell.

  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Jul. 10, 2017 6:01 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Pell has walked into a set-up. The Australian media have already decided on the verdict. The objective is to subject him to an intense, deliberately prolonged trial, sapping whatever strength he still has, and thereby causing his death and silencing him forever. The outcome of this 'trial' is a foregone conclusion. Let us prepare to offer a requiem Mass for this good man: his enemies in the media will see to it that he does not survive.