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The former third most powerful Vatican official and Australia's most senior Catholic official, Cardinal George Pell, has been found guilty of child sexual abuse in a Melbourne trial.

The verdict was delivered on December 11 but subject to a suppression order until now, while a previous trial on the same five charges resulted in a hung jury — leading to a retrial.

Pell, the Vatican's Treasurer, was found guilty of sexually penetrating a child under the age of 16, along with four charges of an indecent act with a child under the age of 16, according to The Guardian. Pell is accused of orally raping two choir boys he caught drinking sacramental wine in a church corridor.

Cardinal George Pell, the third most senior Catholic official in the world, has been found guilty of child sexual abuse offences in Australia

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