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Cardinal George Pell arrives at the Victorian County Court in Melbourne, Victoria, in February. Pell's appeal of verdicts on sexual abuse charges was rejected on Wednesday. Newspix/Newspix via Getty Images hide caption

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Cardinal George Pell, seen earlier this month, has been sentenced to six years in prison by a Melbourne, Australia, court for the sexual abuse of two children more than 20 years ago. Andy Brownbill/AP hide caption

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Cardinal George Pell at the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday. He was convicted of child sex abuse, but journalists who reported on the case could face jail time for disobeying a gag order. Andy Brownbill/AP hide caption

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Cardinal George Pell leaves the court in Melbourne, Australia. Pell was convicted on five counts of child sexual assault in December 2018 but that verdict has just been released in Australia. Michael Dodge/Getty Images hide caption

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Police in the Australian state of Victoria have announced sexual abuse charges against Cardinal George Pell, the pope's finance chief. At the Vatican on Thursday, Pell said he would return to Australia to fight the charges. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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