Cardinal George Pell, the highest placed Catholic in Australia, has been convicted of historical charges for sexual offenses.
Pell's lawyers argued earlier that accusations that he sexually abused of several people in his home state Victoria were untrue and must be rejected.
Pope Francis & # 39; s former Minister of Finance continues to deny all accusations.
Here is all you need to know about who George Pell is, the accusations, the trial and the accusations against the former Treasurer of the Vatican.
George Pell, the highest placed Catholic in Australia, is on trial for sexual assault
Who is George Pell?
George Pell, born June 8, 1941 in Ballarat, Victoria, is the oldest Catholic in Australia and held many important positions after being ordained in 1966 as a priest.
In particular, his most recent position was as treasurer of the Vatican and the Holy See in Rome, Italy. The role puts George Pell third after the pope.
Previously, the cardinal was the Archbishop of Sydney and the Archbishop of Melbourne; in the last position Pell has the diocesan protocol & # 39; Melbourne Response & # 39; designed to treat and investigate complaints about sexual abuse.
Although this protocol was the first of its kind, it got criticized because of Pell's involvement and led to the claim that he was aware of sexual abuse as a young priest, but he also criticized him for procedures he had instituted for treatment of business.
On June 29, 2017, George Pell was accused of multiple historical assaults, but denied all charges. Hereafter, the pope allowed him to leave the Vatican and return to Australia to defend himself during an oral hearing.
Once believed that he was in the running to replace the current pope after his death, Pell is now the highest Catholic official to be tried for historical accusations of sexual violence.
What has George Pell been accused of?
Data on the nature and number of costs were not disclosed for legal reasons, but in their turn protected the sexual abuse of complainants against identification.
Reporting on the public hearing, held on March 5, 2018, turned out to be difficult for this reason, because it was closed to the media during the evidence, but this is standard when allegations of sexual violence are at issue.
In 2012, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard ordered a formal investigation into historical child sexual abuse and the Catholic Church was scrutinized.
Pell was one of the first to testify at public hearings and there was no suggestion that he was a perpetrator.
During the so-called & # 39; Cathedral trial & # 39; Earlier this year, it was revealed that Pell was accused of abusing two choir boys during his service as Archbishop of Melbourne.
He would have committed the crime within the walls of a cathedral.
A second lawsuit against Pell's alleged abuse, known as the swimmers' trial & # 39 ;, should start early next year.
From that lawsuit it is expected that he hears evidence that Pell & # 39; had sexually insulted two men when they were boys playing games in a pool in Ballarat, Victoria in the 70s.