Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will stand trial on historical sexual assault charges, a court has ruled.
Cardinal Pell formally pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
An Australian magistrate ruled on Tuesday that there was enough evidence for the case to proceed to a trial on some charges, but not on others.
Cardinal Pell is Australia’s most senior Catholic and one of the most powerful officials in the Vatican.
Magistrate Belinda Wallington read out her decision on each charge individually in a Melbourne court, following a month-long hearing.
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