Controversial Australian Cardinal George Pell dies at 81

Vatican City (Vatican City State).- Australian Cardinal George Pell prays near the body of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) lying in state in the Saint Peter Basilica for public viewing, Vatican City, 03 January 2023. EFE/EPA/MASSIMO PERCOSSI

Sydney, Australia, Jan 11 (EFE).- Australian Cardinal George Pell, who in 2018 became the highest-ranking Catholic official to be convicted of child sex abuse before subsequently being acquitted of the charges, has died at the age of 81, church representatives in Australia announced on Wednesday. Pell, who was Vatican’s chief financial officer between 2014 and … Read more

Report slams former Australian PM secretly taking ministries during pandemic

Scott Morrison looking down in front of an open door

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media, announcing a 21 May national election during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 10 April 2022. EFE-EPA FILE: MICK TSIKAS

Sydney, Australia, Nov 25 (EFE).- Australia’s former Prime Minister Scott Morrison “fundamentally undermined” the principles of responsible government by secretly assuming five ministerial positions during the Covid-19 pandemic, an independent investigation concluded Friday. However, the report added that Morrison’s appointment of himself as health, finance, industry, interior and treasury minister between March 2020 and May … Read more