Watch: 'Move, move!' – Australia's top Catholic Cardinal George Pell battles through swarm of reporters as he arrives at court for sex charge hearing


Australia's highest ranking Catholic official has arrived at a Melbourne court for the first time over historic sex charges.

Media and protestors greeted one of the Catholic Church’s most prominent figures.
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Cardinal George Pell faced a large international media pack as he walked into the Melbourne Magistrate's Court for a filing hearing this morning.

The Vatican’s third highest ranking official is in court facing historic sex abuse charges.
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A number of supporters of victims of abuse were also outside.

Police escorted the Vatican's third-highest official through the media gauntlet and security, before he was taken to a separate room to await his case being called.

Some members of the public applauded as he walked past.

Media waits for Cardinal George Pell outside Melbourne Court

Media waits for Cardinal George Pell outside Melbourne Court

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At the hearing, which dealt with procedural matters, Pell sat silently behind his lawyers, only moving to stand when his case was called.

Despite not requiring a plea at this stage his lawyer said Pell will plead not guilty on all charges.

The courtroom, which seats only around 40 people, was full with media and supporters of abuse victims, with several people forced to stand.

A separate courtroom was opened with a live link for those who could not fit.

Victoria Police announced they were charging Cardinal Pell last month.

They did not specify the charges but say they relate to multiple complainants.

The Cardinal travelled from his home in Rome to Australia earlier this month to be in Melbourne for court proceedings.

The 76-year-old has strenuously maintained his innocence.

He case will next appear before the courts in October.

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