MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Wearing his clerical collar, the most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis appeared in an Australian court for a hearing to determine whether prosecutors have sufficient evidence to put him on trial.

Australian Cardinal George Pell’s committal hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court before Magistrate Belinda Wallington is scheduled to take up to a month, with testimony of alleged victims to be suppressed from publication.

Pell arrived Monday (March 5) by car and was flanked by police and one of his lawyers, Paul Galbally, as he walked through a large group

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