Cardinal George Pell

Cardinal George Pell is a retired Australian cardinal and former Vatican official.

January 13, 2023

1. Retired Australian Catholic

Cardinal George Pell is a retired Australian Catholic clergyman who served as the Archbishop of Sydney and later as the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy in the Vatican.

2. Cardinal Pell date of birth

He was born on June 8, 1941 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

3. Appointed of Melbourne

In 1996, he was appointed as the Archbishop of Melbourne and in 2001, he became the Archbishop of Sydney.

4. Appointed by Pope Francis

In 2014, he was appointed by Pope Francis as the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, making him the Vatican's chief financial officer and the third-highest-ranking official in the Catholic Church.

5. Convicted of child sexual abuse

In December 2018, he was convicted of child sexual abuse and was sentenced to six years in prison.

6. High Court of Australia

In April 2020, his conviction was overturned by the High Court of Australia and he was released from prison.

7. Most Senior Catholic

He is the most senior Catholic official to be convicted of child sexual abuse.

8.  Maintained innocense

He has consistently maintained his innocence, and has faced significant public criticism for his handling of child sexual abuse cases within the Church.