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June 05, 2019The appeal process began against Australian cardinal George Pell, the oldest Catholic convicted of child sexual abuse. Pell appeared in the Victoria State Appeal Court and will be heard by three judges in the coming days. The 77-year-old, who was not required to appear in court, has been detained in a Melbourne prison since he was sentenced in March to a sentence of six years.

Pope Francis' former finance minister was sentenced last December for abusing two 12 and 13 year old choristers in St. Patrick's Cathedral, in Melbourne where he was archbishop, in 1996 and 1997. Pell, through his lawyers , challenged condemnation claiming that it is based only on the testimony of one of the victims. Thanks to this testimony, the crimes of the high prelate came to light. The other boy who was a victim of violent abuse, took refuge in heroin and died of an overdose a few years ago.