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Pope Francis to Cardinal Pell: Thank you for your witness

Card. Pell met with the pope. This is how Pope Francis greeted him.

It's good to see you.

It's uncommon for images from the pope's private meetings with cardinals to be made public. In this case however, Pope Francis made an exception.

Thank you.
Thank you, Holy Father.
Thank you for your witness.

In March 2019, after a polemical trial, the cardinal was sentenced to six years in prison for abuse. A year later, the High Court of Australia absolved him and declared that it was very likely that they had condemned an innocent man. Now for the first time, he was able to tell the pope his story in person.