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In 2015, just before he was due to appear in person to testify at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne,  the Vatican-based Australian, Cardinal George Pell, issued a statement citing heart problems would prevent his attendance.

He will now testify via video link on 29th February, but he will not get off so lightly.

A small group of victims of abuse by Catholic priests is travelling to Rome to confront him in person.

Costs are being met by a crowd funding campaign in Australia which quickly raised $90,000 towards their expenses.

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