George Pell

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Cardinal George Pell in 2008. Photograph: Rick Rycroft/AP/File

Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic and the third-ranking official in the Vatican, said on Thursday he was innocent of charges of s(...)

Senior Counsel speaking at a commission into child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church  in Sydney, Australia last week. Photograph: EPA

Australia’s Catholic Church has paid 276 million Australian dollars (€200 million) in compensation to thousands of child abuse victims since 1980, a g(...)

A file image of Australian Cardinal George Pell. Photograph: Reuters

Cardinal George Pell, the Australian-born Vatican treasurer, is being investigated by police in relation to multiple allegations of child abuse in his(...)

Pope Francis addresses tens of thousands of people in  St Peter’s Square on Sunday. He said: “We should not tolerate the abuse of minors. We must protect minors and severely punish abusers.” Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis called for “severe punishment” for paedophiles on Sunday after new details emerged in Italy of the 2014 death of a six-year-old girl who (...)

Cardinal George Pell, head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, says he hopes an audit of the Vatican finances will resume very shortly, following its suspension this week. Photograph:  Daniel Munoz/Reuters

An external audit of Vatican finances being carried out by global firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has been suspended by the Holy See. The move raises f(...)

Pope Francis: Will reflect on much of what his bishops’ have had to say. Photograph: Getty Images

Friday is the day which many feel will define the papacy of Pope Francis. What he announces in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of(...)

It has been a good week for survivors of clerical child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The success of the film Spotlight in winning the Oscar for b(...)

Australian Roman Catholic Cardinal George Pell is shown on a screen in Canberra, Australia, as he gives evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse via video link from Rome Italy. Photograph: EPA

It was in every sense a Vatican first. Around midnight in a downtown hotel in the centre of Rome, one of the most powerful cardinals in the Vatican to(...)

Assets that would never be sold and thus have no market value -- including St Peter’s Basilica (pictured), the Sistine Chapel and priceless art treasures by Michelangelo -- will be included in financial statements though the Vatican is still considering whether and how they should be valued. (Photograph: CLAUDIO ONORATI/EPA)

Pope Francis, galvanised by a scandal over Vatican finances, has ordered the most powerful bodies in the city-state to launch an unprecedented audit (...)

Avarizia and Via Crucis, new  books on the Vatican by Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, on display  in a bookshop in Naples. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

“And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.” It may just have been a coincidence but,(...)

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