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  • Victoria Police charged Pell with several historical sexual offences last month 
  • The 76-year-old is the highest-ranking Church official to face such accusations
  • Pell insists he is innocent and is looking forward to fighting the charges in court
  • The Vatican economy minister is due to appear in a Melbourne court on July 26

Khaleda Rahman For Daily Mail Australia

Cardinal George Pell has touched down in Sydney to face historical sexual abuse charges.

The 76-year-old arrived in his native Australia after being spotted during a stopover in Singapore over the weekend. 

Victoria Police charged Pell late last month, making the Vatican economy minister the highest-ranking Church official to face such accusations. 

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Cardinal George Pell has touched down in Sydney to face historical sexual abuse charges

Cardinal George Pell has touched down in Sydney to face historical sexual abuse charges

Cardinal George Pell has touched down in Sydney to face historical sexual abuse charges

The 76-year-old arrived in his native Australia on Monday after being spotted in Singapore

The 76-year-old arrived in his native Australia on Monday after being spotted in Singapore

The 76-year-old arrived in his native Australia on Monday after being spotted in Singapore

But Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, has insisted he is innocent and is looking forward to fighting the charges in court.

Dressed in casual attire, he was seen sitting with a friend at an ice-cream shop in Singapore on Saturday in a video obtained by the Nine Network. 

The clip was taken by a tourist, who told Pell that his mother want wanted to know if he was innocent

‘Tell her that I am,’ Pell said.

 Pell, Australia's most senior Catholic, was spotted at an ice cream shop in Singapore

 Pell, Australia's most senior Catholic, was spotted at an ice cream shop in Singapore

 Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, was spotted at an ice cream shop in Singapore

Victoria Police charged Pell late last month, making the Vatican economy minister the highest-ranking Church official to face such accusations

Victoria Police charged Pell late last month, making the Vatican economy minister the highest-ranking Church official to face such accusations

Victoria Police charged Pell late last month, making the Vatican economy minister the highest-ranking Church official to face such accusations

Channel 9 published the video on its Facebook page late on Saturday and said it had been taken earlier in the day.

Pell is on leave of absence to defend himself and the video marked the first time he has been seen in public outside Rome since police charged him.

He is due to appear in a Melbourne court on July 26. 

 

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