Cardinal returns to Australia to face sexual assault charges
July 9, 2017
SYDNEY (AP) — The most senior Vatican cleric to ever be charged in the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal returned to Australia on Monday to stand trial in his home state on charges alleging he sexually assaulted multiple people years ago.
Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' top financial adviser, avoided waiting media when he arrived at Sydney Airport on a flight from Singapore. He had declined to comment in Singapore over the weekend as he made his way home from Rome.
The 76-year-old cleric is due to appear in a court in the Victoria state capital, Melbourne, on July 26 on what Vic...