Cardinal George Pell to face Royal Commission from Rome Hotel
By Victoria Craw for (29/2/2016)

Australian cardinal George Pell is testifying from Rome in a live stream beamed to the Victorian town of Ballarat and Sydney headquarters of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sex Abuse.

It's the third time the Vatican's finance boss, who ranks number three to beloved Pope Francis, has faced the public hearings into what went on in the Catholic Church in Victoria.

This time, Pell has an audience of 15 survivors and supporters who have travelled from Australia to look him in the eyes, after a popular crowd-funding campaign raised more than $200,000 for their journey. Here's everything you need to know about the unprecedented events at Hotel Quirinale.

What's It All About?

Cardinal Pell is being called on to give evidence about his time in the Ballarat and Melbourne diocese where he served as a priest before becoming archbishop of Sydney and Melbourne and eventually moving to the Vatican.

During his time there, several paedophile priests were operating, including at St Alipius school in Ballarat where children were subject to abuse from Gerald Ridsdale, Australia's most prolific paedophile who described himself as 'out of control' at a hearing last year.

Pell was also responsible for the Doveton area, where paedophile priests were also known to operate, and is said to have been present at meetings where the movement of offending priests from one parish to another was discussed......