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The story behind Cardinal George Pell

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George Pell was an Australian Catholic cardinal who served as the Archbishop of Sydney from 2001 to 2014, and as the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy from 2014 to 2019.

He was convicted in 2018 of sexually abusing two choirboys in 1996 and 1997, and was subsequently sentenced to six years in prison. In April 2020, the High Court of Australia overturned his conviction and acquitted him of the charges. Prior to his conviction, Pell had been the most senior Catholic official to be convicted of child sexual abuse.

What was George Pell’s role at the Vatican?

George Pell served as the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy at the Vatican from 2014 to 2019. The Secretariat for the Economy is one of the Vatican’s main departments and is responsible for overseeing the administration and management of the Holy See’s financial and economic affairs. As Prefect, Pell was effectively the Vatican’s chief financial officer and had significant authority over the management of the Vatican’s budget and financial operations. He was also a member of the Council of Cardinal Advisers, an advisory body to the Pope that was established to help reform the Vatican’s financial and administrative structures.

What happened to cardinal George Pell’s court case?

In December 2018, Cardinal George Pell was convicted of sexually abusing two choirboys in 1996 and 1997, while he was the Archbishop of Melbourne. He was sentenced to six years in prison and was considered a high-profile prisoner. He immediately appealed the conviction, and the case was heard by the Court of Appeals of Victoria, the highest court of the Australian state of Victoria. In August 2019, the court upheld his conviction and his sentence, which means he was to serve at least three years and eight months in prison. However, on April 7, 2020, The High Court of Australia overturned his conviction, and acquit him of the charges. It was determined that the trial jury’s verdicts were unreasonable, thus ending his legal proceedings.

George Pell was born in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Ballarat is a city located about 110 kilometers (68 miles) northwest of the state capital, Melbourne. It is the third largest city in Victoria and has a rich history of gold mining and is known for its cultural heritage and colonial architecture.

How long did George Pell serve at the Vatican?

George Pell served as the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy at the Vatican from 2014 to 2019. He was appointed to that position by Pope Francis in February 2014, and he held the position for about five years. During his tenure as Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, he was involved in major reforms in the Vatican’s financial management and administration, and also played a significant role in shaping Pope Francis’ vision for the Church. He was also member of the Council of Cardinal Advisers, until his returning to Australia to face the sexual abuse charges.

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U.S. fighters shoot down Chinese spy balloon – now what?

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U.S. military fighter aircraft shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon as it floated off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday, drawing to a close a dramatic saga that shone a spotlight on worsening Sino-U.S. relations.

“We successfully took it down, and I want to compliment our aviators who did it,” President Joe Biden said.

Biden said he had issued an order on Wednesday to take down the balloon, but the Pentagon had recommended waiting until it could be done over open water to safeguard civilians from debris crashing down to Earth from thousands of feet (meters) above commercial air traffic.

China has mounted “the largest intelligence operation in the history of the human race” against the US and Australia, a former top US intelligence official has warned, as the US military shot down a Chinese spy balloon as it neared the Atlantic coast above the Carolinas.

Multiple fighter and refueling aircraft were involved in the mission, but only one — an F-22 fighter jet from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia — took the shot at 2:39 p.m. (1939 GMT), using a single AIM-9X supersonic, heat-seeking, air-to-air missile, a senior U.S. military official said.

The balloon was shot down about six nautical miles off the U.S. coast, over relatively shallow water, potentially aiding efforts to recover key elements of the Chinese surveillance equipment among the debris in the coming days, officials said.

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Russia throws more troops at Ukraine front line

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says the situation on the front lines in the east of the country is getting tougher and Russia was throwing more and more troops into battle.

Russian forces are slowly gaining ground in the Donbas region, encircling the city of Bakhmut north of Donetsk and battling to take control of a nearby road which is a major supply route for Ukrainian forces. They are also trying to capture Vuhledar, southwest of Donetsk.

“I’ve often had to say the situation at the front is tough, and is getting tougher, and it’s that time again. … The invader is putting more and more of his forces into breaking down our defences,” Zelenskiy said in a video address.

“It is very difficult now in Bakhmut, Vuhledar, Lyman and other directions,” he continued.

Earlier in the day, Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar wrote on Telegram that Russian efforts to break the defences in Bakhmut and Lyman had failed.

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Balloon diplomacy blows China off course

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China claims an “airship” that is flying over the United States is for civilian meteorological and other scientific purposes and voiced regret that it strayed into U.S. airspace.

U.S. officials said on Thursday that a Chinese spy balloon has been flying over the United States for a couple of days, in what would be a brazen act just days ahead of a planned trip to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

In a statement late on Friday, China’s foreign ministry also said that it would continue to maintain communications with the United States to properly handle the unexpected situation.

“The airship is from China and is civilian in nature, used for meteorological and other scientific research. Due to the influence of westerly winds and its limited control capability, the airship deviated from its intended course,” it said.

“China regrets that the airship strayed into the United States by mistake due to force majeure. China will continue to maintain communication with the U.S. side to properly handle this accident,” it said.

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