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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26:  Cardinal George Pell and his barrister Robert Richter leave the Melbourne Magistrates Court with a heavy police guard in Melbourne on July 26, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Cardinal Pell was charged on summons by Victoria Police on 29 June over multiple allegations of sexual assault. Cardinal Pell is Australia's highest ranking Catholic and the third most senior Catholic at the Vatican, where he was responsible for the church's finances. Cardinal Pell has leave from his Vatican position while he defends the charges.  (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26:  Cardinal George Pell and his barrister Robert Richter leave the Melbourne Magistrates Court with a heavy police guard in Melbourne on July 26, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Cardinal Pell was charged on summons by Victoria Police on 29 June over multiple allegations of sexual assault. Cardinal Pell is Australia's highest ranking Catholic and the third most senior Catholic at the Vatican, where he was responsible for the church's finances. Cardinal Pell has leave from his Vatican position while he defends the charges.  (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

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Cardinal George Pell, a senior figure in the Vatican, appeared in a Melbourne court for his first hearing over historical sexual assault offenses. CNN's Anna Coren reports

Cardinal Pell faces sex assault charges

Cardinal George Pell, a senior figure in the Vatican, appeared in a Melbourne court for his first hearing over historical sexual assault offenses. CNN's Anna Coren reports