World News – UA – Cardinal George Pell meets Pope Francis for the first time since his acquittal


Cardinal George Pell met Pope Francis in Rome for the first time since the Australian cardinal’s conviction for child sexual abuse was overturned

The former Vatican treasurer, 79, was the oldest Catholic figure ever jailed for such crimes, but the conviction and six-year sentence were overturned in April

Pell, who had served a year in prison, said his meeting with the Pope « went very well »

The cardinal, who has always maintained his innocence, left the Vatican in 2017 to fight the charges against him in his home state, Victoria His case had shaken the Catholic Church, where he had been one of the Pope’s highest advisers

The cardinal kept a low profile in Sydney, where he was once Archbishop, in the months after the conviction was overturned by the High Court of Australia

In December 2018, a jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choir boys in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the mid-1990s when the Archbishop of Melbourne’s High Court ruled that the jury had not properly considered all the evidence

Pell had secured an exemption to leave Australia, which closed its borders in March to inbound and outbound citizens due to the coronavirus pandemic

His return to Rome comes during a tumultuous time for the Vatican Last month, Pope Francis sacked Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu for embezzlement

Pell said of the sacking: « The Holy Father was elected to clean up the Vatican’s finances He’s playing a long game and should be thanked and congratulated for the recent developments »

Dozens of Australian journalists and publishers are set to stand trial in November for covering the child sexual abuse conviction of ex-Vatican treasurer George Pell in 2018

Cardinal George Pell should have advised high Catholic authorities to dismiss a pedophile priest in 1989, the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found

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News from the world – AU – Cardinal George Pell meets Pope Francis for the first time since his acquittal



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