Otago Daily Times

Pell meets Pope at Vat­i­can

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VAT­I­CAN CITY: Pope Fran­cis yes­ter­day met Aus­tralian Car­di­nal Ge­orge Pell, the Vat­i­can’s for­mer econ­omy min­is­ter who has re­turned to Rome af­ter the fir­ing of an Ital­ian car­di­nal whom Pell had ac­cused of ob­struct­ing fi­nan­cial re­form.

Pell was cleared ear­lier this year of sex­ual abuse charges in Aus­tralia af­ter spend­ing 13 months in prison, and it re­mains un­clear whether he will take up an­other role in the Vat­i­can.

The Vat­i­can an­nounced the meet­ing be­tween Pell and Pope Fran­cis in a state­ment on the Pope’s daily pri­vate au­di­ences, but gave no de­tails.

‘‘It went very well,’’ Pell told re­porters in front of his res­i­dence just out­side the Vat­i­can walls.

Pell re­turned to Rome on Septem­ber 30, just days af­ter the Pope fired Pell’s neme­sis, Ital­ian Car­di­nal An­gelo Bec­ciu, who was ac­cused of em­bez­zle­ment and nepo­tism. Bec­ciu has de­nied all wrong­do­ing.

Four mem­bers of the Vat­i­can Swiss Guards the elite and colour­fully dressed corps that pro­tects the pope, have tested pos­i­tive for Covid­19, the Vat­i­can said yes­ter­day.

The re­sults came in at the week­end and added to three other res­i­dents or cit­i­zens of the tiny city­state who have tested pos­i­tive in re­cent weeks, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment.

They are be­lieved to be the first in the corps to test pos­i­tive.

The Vat­i­can said all those who had tested pos­i­tive had mild symp­toms. They had been iso­lated and trac­ing of those with whom they had been in di­rect con­tact was un­der way.

The Vat­i­can last week in­sti­tuted pre­ven­tion mea­sures stip­u­lat­ing that ev­ery­one had to wear masks and prac­tise so­cial dis­tanc­ing. — Reuters

 ?? PHOTO: REUTERS ?? When in Rome . . . Car­di­nal Ge­orge Pell (left) at­tends a pri­vate au­di­ence with Pope Fran­cis at the Vat­i­can yes­ter­day.
PHOTO: REUTERS When in Rome . . . Car­di­nal Ge­orge Pell (left) at­tends a pri­vate au­di­ence with Pope Fran­cis at the Vat­i­can yes­ter­day.

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