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Cardinal George Pell returns to Australia to face sexual assault charges

Cardinal George Pell, Australia's most senior Catholic and the Vatican treasurer, is back in the country to face sexual assault charges.

He arrived at Sydney Airport on Monday. Pell, 76, was granted a leave of absence by the Vatican to defend himself against the charges, the BBC reports. Police said the allegations are based on "historical" incidents reported by "multiple complainants," and Pell will appear in a Melbourne court on July 26. He has denied any wrongdoing, saying last month, "I'm looking forward to having my day in court. I am innocent of these charges, they are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me."