PRIEST SCANDAL Who is Cardinal George Pell, what has the Vatican treasurer been accused of and when will he stand trial?

The Sun (UK)

By Thea Jacobs

1st May 2018

Cardinal George Pell is the most senior member of the Australian clergy who has now come under fire for historic child sexual abuse allegations.

He is the most senior catholic clergy member to face sexual abuse allegations. In light of the allegations we’ve brought together everything you need to know about him.

Who is Cardinal George Pell?

Cardinal George Pell was born in Ballarat, Australia, on June 8 1941 to George Arthur and Margaret Lillian Pell and his mother was a devout catholic.

In his early life he was a keen American Football player, including being signed to Richmond Football Club – however, he says he realised he had an unavoidable calling to become a priest.

In 1960 he started his studies to become a Catholic priest at Corpus Christi College in Werribee and in 1963 he was assigned to continue his studies at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome.

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