11 months Cardinal Pell to spend first night in prison Manilatimes |World
MELBOURNE: Convicted Australian Cardinal George Pell will spend his first night behind bars Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) following his historic conviction for child sex crimes, capping an extraordinary fall from grace for one of the most powerful men in the Catholic Church. Once among Pope Francis’ closest advisers and the most senior Catholic cleric ever found guilty of child sex crimes, Pell returned to court for a pre-sentencing hearing a day after his conviction was made public on Tuesday. Pell has been represented by one of Australia’s most experienced, and expensive, defense attorneys during a year of legal proceedings, racking ... more