Cardinal on sex rap

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

VAT­I­CAN CITY/SYD­NEY: Aus­tralian po­lice yes­ter­day charged Cardinal Ge­orge Pell, a top ad­viser to Pope Fran­cis, with mul­ti­ple his­tor­i­cal sex crimes, bring­ing a world­wide abuse scan­dal to the heart of the Vat­i­can.

As Vat­i­can econ­omy min­is­ter, Pell is the high­est-rank­ing Catholic Church of­fi­cial to face such ac­cu­sa­tions. He as­serted his in­no­cence and said the pon­tiff had given him leave of ab­sence to re­turn to Aus­tralia to de­fend him­self.

“I am look­ing for­ward fi­nally to hav­ing my day in court. I re­peat that I am in­no­cent of these charges. They are false,” the 76-year-old told a news con­fer­ence.

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