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Pope Francis accused of comparing convicted child abuser cardinal to Jesus after controversial comments

Pope Francis has faced fierce criticism online after appearing to compare Cardinal Pell, recently acquitted of five child sexual abuse offenses during the 1990s, to Jesus Christ himself.

During a Mass celebrated at his residence in Santa Marta on Tuesday morning, the Pope prayed for those suffering the “persecution that Jesus suffered,” including those who had been subjected to “unjust sentences.”

The message came mere hours after Australia’s highest court acquitted 78-year-old former Vatican economy minister Cardinal George Pell of child sexual abuse in one of the most high-profile cases in the Catholic Church to date.

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