‘Top adviser to Pope Francis in Australia court on sexual abuse’

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell arrived for his first appearance in an Australian court on historical sex abuse charges Wednesday, facing a huge media scrum ahead of the largely administrative hearing.

The 76-year-old, a top adviser to Pope Francis, returned from Rome earlier this month to face multiple charges in Melbourne relating to offenses allegedly committed decades ago, when he was a senior cleric in Australia.

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