George Pell

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Pell in 2012

George Pell (born 8 June 1941) is an Australian prelate of the Catholic Church. He became the inaugural Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy in 2014. He was born in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. He was ordained in 1966. He was made cardinal by Pope John Paul II.

He served as the eighth Archbishop of Sydney (2001–2014), Archbishop of Melbourne (1996–2001), and Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne (1987–1996). He was created a cardinal in 2003.[1]

On 29 June 2017, Pell was charged in Victoria, Australia, with multiple historical sexual assault offences, and denied all charges.[2][3] The Pope granted him leave to return to Australia to defend himself.[4] Pell was committed to stand trial on the lesser charges, pleading not guilty.[5]

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