With victims in audience, Australian cardinal to testify on abuse




 
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With victims in audience, Australian cardinal to testify on abuse
 
February 28th, 2016  
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With victims in audience, Australian cardinal to testify on abuse
By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Australian Cardinal George Pell on Sunday becomes the highest-ranking Vatican official to testify on sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church at a hearing that victims have flown half way around the world to attend. Pell, 74, who said he was unable to travel to his native Australia because of heart problems, will answer questions from a Rome hotel put via video link by Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse. While strictly speaking an Australian affair concerning events decades ago, the hearing has taken on wider implications about accountability of Church leaders because of Pell's high position in the Vatican, where he serves as finance minister.




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