The Latest: Cardinal Pell has court appearance Wednesday

Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Cardinal George Pell (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Cardinal George Pell has been ordered to appear Wednesday in the Victoria state County Court where he will eventually stand trial.

Under his bail conditions, Pell cannot leave Australia, contact prosecution witnesses and he must give police notice of any change of address.

An Australian magistrate earlier Tuesday ordered the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis to stand trial.

He entered a plea of not guilty. Melbourne Magistrate Belinda Wallington dismissed some charges but decided the prosecution’s case on others was strong enough to warrant a trial by jury.

Details have not been disclosed about the crimes alleged to have occurred decades ago.

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