Extensive Italian press coverage for Pell

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By Lloyd Jones, AAP London Correspondent – AAP on June 30, 2017

The charges laid against Vatican finance chief and Australian Cardinal George Pell are getting heavy coverage in Italian media, which have attacked Australia’s record on sexual assault.

Cardinal Pell was on Thursday charged by Victorian Police with historical sexual assault offences.

He’s the most senior Catholic Church cleric to face such charges in the world in modern times.

Italian newspaper websites on Thursday ran prominent pictures of the 76-year-old. Television networks carried long segments with footage of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

They also broadcast footage of Australian sexual assault survivors who attended the Rome end of a Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearing when Cardinal Pell gave evidence last year.

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