News | International
21 Oct 2020 3:48
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > International

    Cardinal George Pell returns to Rome for first time since 2017, purpose of visit remains unclear

    Cardinal George Pell arrives back in Rome for the first time since 2017 when he was accused of child sexual abuse charges that he was later acquitted of.

    Cardinal George Pell has arrived in Rome for the first time since his child sex abuse convictions were quashed.

    The 79-year-old arrived at Rome's Fiumicino airport wearing a surgical mask and was picked up by a car without Vatican licence plates.

    It is his first visit back to Rome after he took a leave of absence in 2017 to face historic sexual abuse charges stemming from his time as the archbishop of Melbourne.

    He was convicted of sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1990s and had served 13 months of his six-year jail sentence when his conviction was overturned by Australia's High Court in April.

    Cardinal Pell maintained his innocence throughout the trial and conviction.

    After arriving in Rome Cardinal Pell was driven close to the Vatican, where he was seen entering a building where he has an apartment.

    Cardinal Pell, who was surrounded by media, said it was "lovely to be back", but did not respond to other questions.

    Reuters reported protesters shouted comments, including "we hate you", at Cardinal Pell

    Members of his team were seen taking his luggage into the building from the car.

    Pell arrives as evaluators hit the Vatican

    Cardinal Pell arrived in Rome on the same day that European anti-money-laundering evaluators began a periodic visit to the Vatican.

    They, too, found a mounting financial scandal in the tiny city-state that already has cost a half-dozen people their jobs, including one of the Holy See's most powerful cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Becciu.

    Cardinal Pell and Cardinal Becciu had long clashed over the Australian's efforts to bring greater transparency and accountability to the Vatican's balance sheets.

    The Council of Europe's Moneyval team will be checking the Vatican's compliance with international norms to fight money laundering and terror financing.

    Moneyval has generally given the Holy See positive to mixed reviews in its periodic evaluations.

    Its main criticism in recent years has been directed against the Vatican's criminal tribunal, which it faulted for failing to prosecute many cases despite receiving dozens of suspicious transaction reports from the Vatican's financial watchdog.

    Vatican prosecutors last year opened a corruption investigation into the Holy See's investment in a London real estate venture, but to date no one has been indicted.

    The Vatican's secretariat of state has sunk more than 350 million euros (nearly $400 million) into the London venture, much of it donations from the faithful.

    Tens of millions of dollars were paid in fees to Italian businessmen who acted as middlemen in the real estate deal.

    Last week, Pope Francis fired Cardinal Becciu, who had helped to orchestrate the original deal.

    Cardinal Becciu was the "substitute," or Number 2 in the Vatican secretariat of state from 2011 to 2018, when Pope Francis made him a cardinal and named him prefect of the Vatican's saint-making office.

    Cardinal Becciu said Pope Francis cited an unrelated issue in firing him: allegations that he used 100,000 euros ($117,000) in Holy See money to make a donation to a charity controlled by his brother.

    He and his family have denied any wrongdoing.

    Cardinal Pell congratulated the Pope after Cardinal Becciu was sacked.

    "I hope the cleaning of the stables continues in both the Vatican and Victoria," Cardinal Pell said in a statement last week, referring to his home state of Victoria, where he was initially convicted and served prison time before Australia's High Court absolved him.


    © 2020 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved

     Other International News
     20 Oct: Orionid meteor shower 2020: when to see it and what you'll see where you live in Australia
     20 Oct: NASA is going to land a spacecraft on asteroid Bennu. Here's what's going to happen
     20 Oct: Donald Trump and Joe Biden will have to contend with a mute button at the next presidential debate
     20 Oct: Is Donald Trump right that more Americans voting is bad for Republicans? Let's take a look
     20 Oct: Wales to go into' fire break' lockdown to curb rising COVID-19 infections
     20 Oct: Taiwanese diplomat allegedly attacked by Chinese officials in Fiji
     19 Oct: Zookeeper mauled by bears in Chinese wildlife park as horrified visitors watch
     Top Stories

    Former New Zealand Rugby Chairman Eddie Tonks has died More...

    Businesses are taking more of a glass half full approach More...

     Today's News

    One person has died and two others injured in an East Auckland house fire 21:57

    Kim Kardashian West makes more money from one Instagram post than she does for a whole season of her family's reality show 21:36

    Police are looking for a light-blue people mover type van with a broken rear window following a crash in the Auckland suburb of Weymouth which has left a motorcyclist seriously injured 21:17

    Giuliana Rancic is "all better now" after battling coronavirus 21:06

    Living & Travel:
    Orionid meteor shower 2020: when to see it and what you'll see where you live in Australia 20:37

    Jessica Brown Findlay is "freaked out" by fame 20:36

    Sam Smith has "always been non-binary" 20:06

    Liam Payne has ditched alcohol and partying for the sake of his son 19:36

    Brian Austin Green is "totally fine" with Megan Fox dating Machine Gun Kelly 19:06

    Our intelligence services are on the hunt for employees ... to help make New Zealand safe and secure 18:57

     News Search

    Power Search

    © 2020 New Zealand City Ltd