May 1, 2018
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Vatican Treasurer George Pell must face trial on charges of historical sexual offences, an Australian court ruled on Tuesday, making him the most senior Catholic official to be tried on such allegations. He pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Belinda Wallington handed down her decision that Pell’s case will proceed to trial in a Melbourne court, following a month-long pre-trial hearing.
Pell did not comment when he left the court, surrounded by police and flanked by his legal team.
Pope Francis has said he would not comment on the case involving his economy minister until it was over.
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