Cardinal George Pell convicted of child sex abuse

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Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty of five counts of historical child sex abuse, following a trial in Melbourne.

A jury delivered the verdict on December 11, but it could not be reported on due to a suppression order, which has today been lifted.

Pell, who is Australia's highest-ranking Catholic, has been convicted of raping a choirboy and molesting another in Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral in 1996.

The 77-year-old maintains his innocence and has already launched an appeal. 

Pell is currently on bail and will be sentenced in March.

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