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Cardinal Pell gets last chance to appeal sex abuse convictions

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:15 PM

No date is set for the appeal hearing, but it is not expected before 2020

GEORGE PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (C) is escorted in handcuffs from the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

Cardinal Pell files High Court appeal against child sex conviction

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) It is the final avenue of appeal for George Pell – who is serving a 6-year sentence for sexually assaulting two choirboys in the 1990s – to get out of jail and clear his name

PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (L) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on June 6, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Archbishop stands by disgraced Pell after sex-case appeal lost

Aug 23, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli says while he accepted the testimony of the victim that convicted Pell, he believes his colleague was the victim of mistaken identity. He did not offer any evidence to support the claim.

Australian Cardinal George Pell (C) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Convicted paedophile cardinal George Pell had his appeal against child sex abuse charges rejected by an Australian court on Wednesday, August 20, 2019. Asanka Brendon RATNAYAKE / AFP

Australia's Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal

Aug 21, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Following the ruling, Pell – who will be eligible for parole in 3 years and 8 months – maintains his innocence. He is now considering a second and final appeal.

GEORGE PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (C) is escorted in handcuffs from the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

Father of victim hopes for justice as Cardinal Pell waits for appeal verdict

Aug 20, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the former Vatican number 3, is appealing against his conviction on 5 counts of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the 1990s,

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016 at the end of evidence via video-link to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney for a second of three days.  Pell insisted he has the "full backing" of Pope Francis as he told an inquiry that abuse claims against Australia's most notorious paedophile priest were not "of much interest" to him. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Judgment reserved in Pell appeal against child sex conviction

Jun 06, 2019 - 12:32 PM

(UPDATED) The judges can decide to reject the appeal, order a retrial, or acquit Pell, the Catholic Church's most senior convicted child molester. There is no indication of when their ruling would be handed down.

GEORGE PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (L) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on June 6, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Australia's Cardinal Pell launches appeal against child sex conviction

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Cardinal George Pell arrives in court under heavy guard for the start of his appeal against his conviction for sex abuse

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell (C) arrives under heavy police protection for a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne on July 26, 2017. Pell, a top advisor to Pope Francis, denied all charges of historical sexual abuse on July 26 at his first appearance in an Australian court over the allegations. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough

Australian Cardinal Pell sentenced to 6 years in jail for choirboy abuse

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:40 AM

The judge says during the sentencing: You 'may not live to be released from prison,' accusing Pell of 'appalling offending' and a 'brazen and forceful sexual attack on the two victims'

CONVICTED. File photo of Australian Cardinal George Pell (center left). Photo by Mal Fairclough/AFP

Convicted Australia cardinal sentence to be broadcast live

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Catholic clergyman George Pell faces a maximum 50 years in prison for assaulting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral in 1996-97

PELL TO BE SENTENCED. Cardinal George Pell (C) makes his way through members of the media to the court in Melbourne on February 27, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Convicted Australian cardinal sued over alleged abuse

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Local media reports one alleged victim of Cardinal George Pell was upset the criminal case was dropped and planned to take civil action

Cardinal George Pell (R) leaves the County Court of Victoria court after prosecutors decided not to proceed with a second trial on alleged historical child sexual offences in Melbourne on February 26, 2019. Australian Cardinal George Pell, who helped elect popes and ran the Vatican's finances, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes. CON CHRONIS / AFP

Vatican to open probe into Cardinal Pell over child sex abuse

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The investigation could result in a canonical trial and George Pell's eventual expulsion from the priesthood

VATICAN PROBE. Cardinal George Pell (C) makes his way to the court in Melbourne on February 27, 2019. Photo by Con Chronis/AFP

Vatican has 'utmost respect' for justice after Pell conviction

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' closest advisers, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes

CONVICTED. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Top pope aide Cardinal Pell convicted of child sex crimes

Feb 26, 2019 - 8:55 AM

(UPDATED) There is no immediate reaction from the Vatican, but George Pell maintains his innocence

CARDINAL PELL. Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope aide Pell to stand trial on multiple sex abuse charges

May 01, 2018 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) 'Not guilty,' the top aide to Pope Francis says loudly and without hesitation when asked his plea, a stance he has taken since first being charged last year

POPE'S AIDE. Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

One historical sex charge against Vatican finance chief withdrawn

Mar 02, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell, who denies all the claims, faces a crucial 4-week hearing starting in Melbourne on Monday, March 5, to determine if he stands trial

GEORGE PELL. Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell (C) arrives under heavy police protection for a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne on July 26, 2017. File photo by Mal Fairclough/AFP

Australia failed children, national sex abuse inquiry says

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:18 PM

In total, more than 4,000 institutions are accused of abuse, with many of them Catholic-managed facilities

Some 50 witnesses for Cardinal Pell sex abuse hearing

Oct 06, 2017 - 9:32 AM

(UPDATED) The exact details and nature of the allegations against Cardinal George Pell have not been made public, other than they involve 'multiple complainants'

50 WITNESSES. Cardinal George Pell (center L) leaves after a committal hearing relating to charges of historical sex abuse at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on October 6, 2017. Photo by Mal Fairclough/AFP

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Cardinal Pell denies sex abuse charges in Australian court

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:52 AM

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell a top advisor to Pope Francis denies all charges of historical sexual abuse at his first appearance in an Australian court

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell (C) arrives under heavy police protection for a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne on July 26, 2017. Mal Fairclough/AFP

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Jul 10, 2017 - 12:51 PM

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Cardinal Pell back in Australia to face abuse charges

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:02 AM

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell has been ordered to face a Melbourne court on July 26 for a preliminary hearing on multiple sexual assault charges related to offenses allegedly committed decades ago

Catholic Church rallies behind Pell after sex charges

Jun 30, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The George Pell I know is a man of integrity in his dealings with others a man of faith and high ideals a thoroughly decent man says Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher

SUPPORT. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017 after being charged with historical sex offenses in a case that has rocked the church. Pell says he will return to Australia to face sex abuse charges. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

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Pope backs Australian cardinal in fight against sex abuse charges

Jun 29, 2017 - 3:52 PM

Cardinal George Pell says he has been a victim of relentless character assassination and vows to clear his name and return to work in Rome

UNDER INVESTIGATION. In this file photo, Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016 at the end of evidence via video-link to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney for a second of three days. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Vatican finance chief charged with child sex abuse

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:15 AM

UPDATED Cardinal George Pell the Vatican s finance chief and the highest ranking Catholic cleric to face such charges had been interviewed in Rome by Australian police last October over the allegations

CHARGED. In this file photo, the Vatican finance chief, Australian Cardinal George Pell attends a mass for the ordination of new bishops on March 19, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Australia police mull abuse charges against Pope aide

May 17, 2017 - 11:05 AM

Cardinal Pell is accused of groping two boys – now in their 40s – in a pool in Ballarat Australia where the cleric grew up and worked

POPE'S AIDE. Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope aide interviewed by Australia police over abuse claims

Oct 26, 2016 - 12:34 PM

Vatican finance chief George Pell has been interviewed by Australian police in Rome over sexual assault claims authorities say

Vatican finance chief, Australian Cardinal George Pell attends a mass for the ordination of new bishops on March 19, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope's finance chief probed over child abuse claims – Australia

Jul 28, 2016 - 9:40 AM

UPDATED Australian police say they are investigating child abuse complaints against Vatican finance chief George Pell with a decision on whether to press charges yet to be made

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Australian cardinal won't quit over Catholic abuse scandal

Mar 05, 2016 - 3:39 PM

Cardinal George Pell says resignation would be taken as an admission of guilt and maintains he was deceived by senior clergy

NO RESIGNATION. Australian Cardinal George Pell says he will not resign unless ordered to do so by Pope Francis, and says he was deceived by senior clergy. Photo by Lloyd Jones/EPA

So many pedophile priests a 'disastrous coincidence' – Australian cardinal

Mar 03, 2016 - 11:38 AM

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell says it was a disastrous coincidence that 5 pedophile priests preyed on children in the Australian town where he was based

In this file photo, Cardinal George Pell holds up a folder outlining the Catholic church's response to sexual abuse at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, November 13, 2012. File photo by Paul Miller/EPA

I have pope's 'full backing' says abuse inquiry cardinal

Mar 01, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell tells an inquiry that abuse claims against Australia s most notorious pedophile priest were not of much interest to him

Australian Roman Catholic Cardinal George Pell is seen leaving the Quirinale Hotel in a car after giving evidence to the child abuse royal commission by video-link, in Rome, Italy, March 1, 2016. Lloyd Jones/EPA

Church 'mucked up' with pedophile priests – Vatican finance chief

Feb 29, 2016 - 9:04 AM

UPDATED Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell admits the Church made grave errors and is now trying to remedy those

Australian Roman Catholic Cardinal George Pell is shown on a screen in Canberra, Australia, February 29, 2016 as he gives evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse via video link from Rome Italy. Lukas Coch/EPA

Australian survivors of Catholic clergy abuse head to Rome

Feb 26, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Cardinal George has always denied knowing of any child abuse occurring in Ballarat including by Gerald Ridsdale who preyed on dozens of children over two decades

OFF TO ROME. In this file photo, Cardinal George Pell holds up a folder outlining the Catholic church's response to sexual abuse at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, November 13, 2012. File photo by Paul Miller/EPA

Australian inquiry to allow abuse victims to attend Rome hearing

Feb 22, 2016 - 2:33 PM

An Australian inquiry into child sex abuse agrees that victims could be present when Cardinal George Pell gives evidence from Rome

In this file photo, the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell speaks about the Catholic church's response to sexual abuse at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, November 13, 2012. Paul Miller/EPA

Vatican discord over Australia child abuse inquiry

Jun 01, 2015 - 9:40 AM

Vatican finance chief George Pell is embroiled in a child abuse inquiry in his homeland

CONTROVERSIAL. In this file photo, the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell speaks about the Catholic church's response to sexual abuse at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, November 13, 2012. Paul Miller/EPA

Vatican high-flyer denies trying to bribe abuse victim

May 21, 2015 - 2:17 PM

Cardinal George Pell speaks out as abuse survivors demand he return to Australia to give evidence to a royal commission on the allegations

CONTROVERSIAL. In this file photo, the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell speaks about the Catholic church's response to sexual abuse at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, November 13, 2012. Paul Miller/EPA

Vatican staff given financial rulebook by Pope's Aussie hatchet man

Nov 06, 2014 - 11:09 PM

The Pope earlier appointed Australian cardinal George Pell the head of the newly created Secretariat for the Economy

Pope Francis holds the book of the Gospels during a papal mass at St Peter's basilica on October 5, 2014 at the Vatican. Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Pope creates new Vatican finance ministry

Feb 24, 2014 - 9:12 PM

Pope Francis sets up a new finance ministry to oversee the Vatican s economic and administrative affairs

NEW FINANCE MINISTRY. Pope Francis sets the stage for better financial planning and internal controls of the Vatican's finances. File Photo

Calls for Australia's top Catholic to resign over sex abuse

May 28, 2013 - 10:29 AM

Archbishop Cardinal George Pell fronted a Victorian state government inquiry into the criminal abuse of children admitting to cover ups by a predecessor

ABUSE CLAIMS. Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell holds the document to the response of the archdiocese to sexual abuse during a press conference in Sydney on November 13, 2012. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Pope adviser Pell says Church needs 'better discipline'

Apr 14, 2013 - 5:19 PM

Australia s most senior Catholic cleric said better discipline was needed in the church

ADVICE. Pope Francis was told that "better discipline" was needed in the church. Photo from AFP

Top Australian cleric apologizes for abuse

Dec 24, 2012 - 1:50 PM

Australia s most senior Catholic cleric apologized to those who suffered at the hands of priests and religious teachers