In 1996 and 1997 when sex abuses took place, Cardinal George Pell had just become archbishop of Australia's second-largest city and had set up a world-first compensation arrangement for victims of clergy sexual abuse.
Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell appeared in an Australian court for an appeal hearing against his convictions for sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1990s.
23 journalists and 13 news outlets have been accused of aiding and abetting contempt of court by overseas media and breaching suppression orders which can be punished with jail for up to five years.
Reporting in any format accessible from Australia about the former Vatican economy chief's convictions in a Melbourne court was banned by a judge's suppression order. Many media criticise the law which they say violates a public's right to know.
Australia's Cardinal George Pell, a former top adviser to Catholic Pope Francis, was remanded into custody on Wednesday after a sentence plea hearing on his conviction for sexually abusing two choirboys more than two decades ago.
An Australian court found the senior Vatican adviser guilty by a trial jury on one count of sexual abuse and four counts of indecent assault of two boys at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s.
The two are Cardinal George Pell of Australia and Francisco Javier Errazuriz of Chile. Both have been the subject of allegations related to sexual abuse - accusations they deny.
Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, must stand trial on charges alleging he sexually abused multiple victims decades ago, an Australian court has ruled.
Magistrate Belinda Wallington will rule on whether the prosecution's case against Australian Cardinal George Pell is strong enough to warrant a trial by jury.
An Australian magistrate on Thursday closed a month-long court hearing of evidence on whether the most senior Vatican cleric ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis will stand trial.
A hearing began last week in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court to determine whether prosecutors have sufficient evidence to put the Vatican's former treasurer, Australian Cardinal George Pell, on trial.
Top-ranking Cardinal George Pell's alleged victims have begun testifying against the top Vatican official in a hearing to decide whether the case should go to trial.
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