George Pell, once treasurer to the Vatican and the most senior member of the Catholic clergy in Australia, has been given leave to appeal to Australia’s highest court over his conviction for child sexual abuse. [File: Mark Dadswell/Reuters]

Canberra, Australia – Australia’s highest court on Wednesday has given disgraced Cardinal George Pell the chance to appeal his child sexual abuse conviction.

Pell, 78, was found guilty last year of the rape and sexual assault of two 13-year-old choirboys in the mid-1990s. He is currently serving a six-year jail term in Melbourne.

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Pell was once Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric and the third most powerful one in the world, holding the position of treasurer to the Vatican. He has repeatedly denied the accusations

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