Cardinal Pell denies sexual abuse charges in Australian court

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell arrives under heavy police protection for a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne on July 26, 2017. Pell, a top adviser to Pope Francis, denied all charges of historical sexual abuse at his first appearance in an Australian court. AFP PHOTO | MAL FAIRCLOUGH

What you need to know:

  • The 76-year-old, the number-three figure in the Vatican, returned from Rome earlier this month to face the charges.
  • Details of the charges have not been made public although police said they involved "multiple complainants".
  • He is the most senior Catholic cleric to be charged with criminal offences linked to its long-running sexual abuse scandal.



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