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Cardinal George Pell leaves the Quirinale hotel in Rome early this morning afer testifying to the royal commission (PA)

The cardinal told an Australian commission he had been ‘kept in the dark’ about the crimes of Gerald Ridsdale

Cardinal Pell after testifying to the commission (PA)

The cardinal gave evidence to royal commission via video link from Rome

Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill is pictured in Rio de Janeiro (AP)

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Cardinal George Pell (CNS)

A statement says the ‘spurious claims’ are designed to ‘do maximum damage to the cardinal and the Catholic Church’

Cardinal Pell: Cameron's move was 'at odds with the core beliefs of all mainstream Christian churches, including his own'

Vatican cardinal says decision to legalise same-sex marriage reveals British Prime Minister’s ‘confusion’

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy (CNS)

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Bishop Anthony Fisher was taken ill before Christmas (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Archbishop Fisher was hospitalised after contracting Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition that affects the nervous system

Pope Francis poses for a photo with a group of nuns after his weekly general audience (AP)

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A statue of ‘maverick’ Archbishop Mannix outside St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

In this superb biography of Archbishop Daniel Mannix , Brenda Niall delivers an even-handed assessment of her subject

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney congratulates a couple on the renewal of their wedding vows outside St Mary's Cathedral (CNS)

Archbishop Fisher made the comments at a Marriage Mass in Sydney