Vatican City, Oct 12, 2020 / 03:01 am
Former Vatican finance czar Cardinal George Pell met with Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican Monday.
The Holy See press office said that the audience took place Oct. 12, but gave no further details.
A video of the meeting showed the pope shaking the cardinal’s hand, while saying: “It is a pleasure to meet you again.”
After the two men were seated, the pope added: “Thank you for your testimony.”
A source close to the cardinal told the National Catholic Register that the meeting, which lasted 30 minutes, was “very warm and cordial.”
Pell, the former prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, arrived in Rome Sept. 30 on his first visit to the city since he left in 2017 for Australia to prove his innocence of abuse charges.
The Australian cardinal returned less than a week after the dramatic resignation of Cardinal Angelo Becciu. Pope Francis asked Becciu to resign as prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints and from the rights extended to members of the College of Cardinals Sept. 24 amid allegations of financial misconduct against the Italian prelate.
🔴 BREAKING | #PopeFrancis met with #CardinalPell this morning at the Vatican. The Holy Father thanked Card. Pell for his witness. The private audience lasted 30 minutes.— EWTN Vatican (@EWTNVatican) October 12, 2020
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