Cardinal George Pell says ‘I have the full backing of the Pope’ as testimony spotlight continues

ABC News

By Europe correspondent Lisa Millar in Rome, staff

Cardinal George Pell has declared he has the Pope’s “full backing”, as he prepares for a second day of testimony in front of the child abuse royal commission.

Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic arrived at Rome’s Hotel Quirinale this morning ahead of another session giving video evidence to the commission on what he knew about abuse committed by Catholic priests.

The cardinal met Pope Francis yesterday, after his first four-hour session of giving evidence.

“I have the full backing of the Pope,” he told reporters outside the hotel.

Cardinal Pell’s office said the regularly scheduled meeting was in regard to his work as head of the Vatican Treasury.

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