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Abuse Convictions Against Cardinal George Pell Upheld

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

7:21 AM - 21 Aug 2019



The most senior figure in the Catholic church to be found guilty of child sex abuse has had his convictions upheld.

Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' former finance minister, has lost his appeal in an Australian court.

The 78-year-old was convicted of abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the 1990s and was sentenced to six years in prison.

He was ordered to serve a minimum of three years and eight months before being eligible for parole.

Today, a Victoria state appeals court ruled 2-1 to uphold Pell's convictions.

His lawyers have said they will appeal to the high court which would be his last chance to overturn his conviction.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said Cardinal George Pell will be stripped of his Order of Australia honour.

The last Australian citizen to be stripped of the honour was Rolf Harris.

In a statement, the Pope says that the Cardinal has always maintained his innocence:

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