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Australian Cardinal George Pell leaves after being released from Barwon Prison near Anakie, some 70 kilometers west of Melbourne, on April 7, 2020.

Catholic Church loses bid to have abuse lawsuit thrown out in Australia

Aug 25, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The Court of Appeal agreed with last year’s Supreme Court ruling, ordering that the father of the now-deceased alleged victim... Read more

Cardinal Geroge Pell in the Vatican, 2017. Alexey Gotovskiy/CNA

'The culture wars are real,' Cardinal Pell says in new interview

Apr 14, 2020

Cardinal George Pell has said culture wars and anti-Catholic sentiment could have played a part in the decision of Victoria... Read more

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Decision imminent on fate of Cardinal Pell High Court appeal

Nov 11, 2019

Australia’s High Court will announce on Wednesday whether it will hear Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of his conviction on sexual... Read more

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Livestream and CNA live blog on Cardinal Pell appeal

Aug 20, 2019

Cardinal George Pell is set to receive a decision in the appeal of his conviction for criminal sexual abuse of... Read more

Parliament House for the state of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Stock photo via Shutterstock

Victoria parliament considers ending daily Our Father

Mar 20, 2019

The parliament of the Australian state of Victoria is considering a proposal to end the convention of beginnings daily sessions... Read more

Cardinal George Pell outside the Hotel Quirinale in Rome, March 3, 2016.

Analysis: What's next for Cardinal Pell?

Mar 13, 2019

By Ed Condon

On Wednesday, Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in prison following his conviction on five charges of sexual... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, speaks with CNA at the Vatican, March 17, 2016.

Key abuse charge against Cardinal Pell withdrawn

Mar 2, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday, an Australian prosecutor withdrew a charge of abuse against Cardinal George Pell, who is currently undergoing a trial... Read more

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Cardinal Pell accuser dies before sexual abuse trial begins

Jan 8, 2018

The legal case against Cardinal George Pell of Australia has taken an unexpected turn, after the death of Damian Dignan,... Read more

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Australian bishops meet in Rome as Church reels from recent crisis

Oct 8, 2017

By Elise Harris

Last week, Church leaders from Australia traveled to Rome to meet with Vatican authorities to discuss the various crises Catholics... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the economy secretariat, speaks to reporters outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale after meeting with sex abuse survivors, March 3, 2016.

Cardinal Pell will plead not guilty to abuse charges in Australia

Jul 26, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a brief hearing in a court in Melbourne Wednesday morning, Cardinal George Pell said he will be pleading not... Read more

Cardinal Pell speaks with journalists after being charged with sexual abuse June 29, 2017.

Cardinal Pell to take leave while facing abuse charges in Australia

Jun 29, 2017

By Elise Harris

After Australian police announced that they have charged him on multiple counts of sexual abuse, Cardinal George Pell has maintained... Read more

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia speaks to CNA Oct. 25, 2016 in Rome.

Australian police charge top Vatican official with sexual abuse

Jun 28, 2017

By Elise Harris

After years of fighting allegations of sexual abuse and negligence in handling abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's top... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale, March 3, 2016.

Cardinal Pell's office dismisses attacks as opposition to reform

Jan 17, 2017

In reaction to a new book claiming that Pope Francis has in fact done little to combat clerical sex abuse,... Read more

Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, the Vatican's deputy Secretary of State, whose April 12 letter suspended the PwC audit of Vatican finances.

Suspended audit reveals power struggle at the Vatican

Apr 25, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The recent suspension of an audit of Vatican finances by a major accounting firm shed light on a lively debate... Read more

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Cardinal Pell: I was not a part of Church's 'indefensible' cover up

Feb 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

On the first day of his video testimony to Australia's Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse cases,... Read more

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney speaks at a Vatican press conference on July 9, 2014.

Cardinal Pell strikes back at allegations of child abuse

Feb 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Friday Cardinal George Pell forcefully denied an alleged police investigation's claim of “multiple offenses” of child sexual abuse, calling... Read more

Cardinal George Pell at the Vatican Press Office, Oct. 19, 2012.

Cardinal Pell: Catholic means universal, not continental

Oct 19, 2015

By Ann Schneible

In a wide-ranging interview, Australia's leading prelate affirmed his alliance with Pope Francis, and also stressed that, in a universal... Read more

Cardinal George Pell celebrates Mass at the St. Lorenzo Youth Centre in Rome, Jan. 30, 2015.

Cardinal Pell responds to reports of synod letter

Oct 12, 2015

The text of a letter allegedly written by 13 cardinals to Pope Francis is inaccurate, said Cardinal George Pell, prefect... Read more

Cardinal George Pell takes part in the True Gospel of Family book presentation at the Lateran Univeristy in Rome, Oct. 3, 2014.

Cardinal Pell's spokesperson slams 'outrageous' 60 Minutes coverage

Jun 1, 2015

A television broadcast revisiting charges that Australian Cardinal George Pell mishandled abuse claims was “false and misleading” and “outrageous” in... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, says Mass at the St. Lorenzo Youth Centre in Rome, Jan. 30, 2015.

Cardinal Pell's Vatican economy office gets new statutes

Mar 4, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Statutes for the Vatican's three finanical oversight bodies were released earlier this week, largely consolidating the influence of the Secretariat... Read more