Agency 26 Feb The cleric, who has remained free on bail, denied all the charges and an initial trial ended with a hung jury in September, but he was convicted on retrial on December A wide-ranging suppression order from the presiding judge had prevented the media from reporting even the existence of court proceedings and the ensuing trials since May.
Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of "historical" sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' chief financial adviser and Australia's most senior Catholic, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be charged in the church's long-running sexual abuse scandal. Pell said he would return to Australia to fight the charges.
MELBOURNE, Australia — The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass, dealing a new blow to the Catholic hierarchy's credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and cover-up. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' top financial adviser and the Vatican's economy minister, bowed his head but then regained his composure as the member jury delivered unanimous verdicts in the Victoria state County Court on Dec. The court had until Tuesday forbidden publication of any details about the trial.
July 9 UPI -- A Nepali court has sentenced a prominent Canadian humanitarian and former United Nations adviser to nine years in prison for the sexual assaults of two boys last year. A district court in Katmandu levied the sentence Monday, after Peter Dalglish was convicted last month of abusing the boys, who were 12 and 14, in the small Nepali town of Kartike. He's been in custody for more than a year. Handrahan called on her colleagues "to tackle the pervasive problem of predators in our humanitarian workplace.
Cardinal George Pell, Australia's highest-ranking Catholic and the third-highest-ranking official at the Vatican, was charged by Victoria Police on Thursday with multiple counts of sexual assault. Pell, who is responsible for the Vatican's finances and is a close adviser to Pope Francis, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to face charges in the Catholic Church's long-running sexual abuse scandal. He faces at least three child sex assault charges, including at least one count of rape, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
Melbourne, Australia CNN One of the most powerful men in the Roman Catholic Church was found guilty of multiple historical child sex offenses at a secret trial in Melbourne in December, the existence of which can only now be revealed. Additional reporting on the article by Lucie Morris-Marr. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger.
Ernesto Caffo. The Italian slogan above the name of his non-profit organization Telefono Azzuro reads, "On the side of children. Last week, the Vatican announced that Francis had confirmed seven members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and appointed nine new members, some of whom are former victims of sexual abuse.
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Executive councilor Fanny Law said she had a true case but could not share evidence to back her claims. A top Hong Kong government adviser has been heavily criticized for spreading rumors after claiming she had confirmed a report of a girl offering free sex to frontline protesters. I am so sad for these young girls who have been misled into offering free sex.
Cardinal George Pell is returning to Australia to appear in court accused of a string of sexual assaults. The cardinal, the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to face such charges, has insisted he is innocent and said he would return home to clear his name. Australia's Channel 9 broadcast footage of the year-old on a stop-off in Asia as he makes his way to Melbourne to appear in court. Video taken by a tourist shows Cardinal Pell in casual clothes with a companion outside an ice-cream shop in Singapore.