The most senior Roman Catholic official to face historical sex charges appeared in court in his native Australia on Wednesday.
Vatican Treasurer Cardinal George Pell, 76, a top adviser to Pope Francis, did not speak as he was escorted to and from the brief hearing in Melbourne.
He was not required to enter a plea. But his lawyer Robert Richter said he would be denying accusations which police say have been made by “multiple complainants”.
Pell has previously said he was looking forward to his day in court to fight charges he said are false.
Cardinal George Pell faces court over historical sex offences >> https://t.co/a1fxG0hN5I pic.twitter.com/jOGs90g7bS— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) 26 juillet 2017
Supporters and opponents of the Cardinal, carrying religious icons, were out in force.