Vatican to open probe into Cardinal George Pell over child sex abuse

Cardinal George Pell arrives at County Court in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday.
Cardinal George Pell arrives at County Court in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday.
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The Vatican will open an internal investigation into Australian Cardinal George Pell following his conviction for sexually assaulting two choirboys, its spokesman said Wednesday.

"After the guilty verdict in the first instance concerning Cardinal Pell, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will now handle the case following the procedure and within the time established by canonical norm," Alessandro Gisotti said in a statement.

The investigation could result in a canonical trial and Pell's eventual expulsion from the priesthood.

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