Controversial Australian Cardinal George Pell, who was acquitted of child sex abuse, dead at 81

Cardinal George Pell arrives for a hearing at an Australian court in Melbourne, Australia, March 5, 2018 Photo: AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake, File

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Australian Cardinal George Pell, a leading Roman Catholic conservative and former top Vatican official who was acquitted in 2020 of sexual abuse accusations, died on Tuesday at the age of 81, his private secretary said.

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