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Australian court requests more time to reach verdict on Cardinal Pell's innocence

This was the call for the final session of the court of appeal.

Although a more concrete result was expected, judges of the High Court of Australia have requested more time to decide whether Cardinal George Pell is innocent or guilty.

A court condemned him last March to six years in prison for sexual violence supposedly committed in 1996 and 1997, against two adolescents in the Cathedral of Melbourne.

Another court rejected the appeal in August, but not all the judges agreed with the sentence.

The cardinal has always defended his innocence.

June 29, 2017
“I'm innocent of these charges. They are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me.”

That's why the cardinal appealed again, this time to the High Court of Australia. The court has already heard the defendant and the prosecutor.

This marks the beginning of a time of uncertainty for the cardinal and the Vatican. The verdict could be known in a matter of days, weeks or months.

Cardinal Pell, now 78 years old, is currently in prison. He has been relieved of his responsibilities in Rome.