Cardinal George Pell, a giant in more ways than one, dies at 81 | Crux

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Cardinal George Pell, a giant in more ways than one, dies at 81
Australian Cardinal George Pell holds a copy of his book, “Prison Journal,” during an interview with Catholic News Service at his residence in Rome Dec. 18, 2020. (Credit: CNS photo/Robert Duncan.)
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ROME – One of the Catholic Church’s most towering figures, Australian Cardinal George Pell, who was acquitted of historical child sexual abuse and was once a top aide in Pope Francis’s financial reform efforts, died late Tuesday in Rome due to a complication after a routine surgery, sources say.

Sources close to Pell told Crux that he suffered complications following a minor procedure at Salvator Mundi hospital in Rome, and passed away shortly before 9 p.m. local time.

According to the source, Pell will be flown back to Australia following his Vatican funeral, and he will be buried in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, where he served as archbishop for 13 years before moving to the Vatican.

In addition to being one of the Catholic Church’s tallest prelates, Pell was also one of the most influential.

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