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Cardinal George Pell Interviewed By Victorian Police In Rome

Pell 'voluntarily participated in an interview regarding allegations of sexual assault'.

26/10/2016 12:50 PM AEDT | Updated 26/10/2016 1:00 PM AEDT
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Australia's highest ranking Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, has been interviewed by police over allegations of sexual assault.

Police on Wednesday said three officers had flown to Rome last week after Pell volunteered for an interview.

"Three members of Victoria Police travelled to Rome last week where Cardinal George Pell voluntarily participated in an interview regarding allegations of sexual assault," police said in a statement.

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Australian Cardinal George Pell speaks to journalists at the end of a meeting with the sex abuse victims at the Quirinale hotel in Rome.

"As a result of the interview further investigations are continuing. We are not prepared to comment further at this time."

Victoria police in June said they were investigating allegations against the Cardinal. In a statement at the time, Pell's office said he "emphatically and unequivocally rejects any allegations of sexual abuse against him".

Earlier this year Pell gave evidence at the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse about his role in the Church's response to allegations of abuse during his time in Ballarat and Melbourne.

Pell is currently Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy for the Vatican, a role which effectively makes him Rome's finance minister.

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