Sex offence

Cardinal Pell: Australia's senior Catholic charged with sex offences

The charges relate to alleged "historical" incidents, police in the Australian state of Victoria said.

The allegations against the Vatican treasurer were made by more than one person, according to Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton.

Cardinal Pell, who is based in the Vatican, has vehemently denied the accusations.

"Cardinal Pell will return to Australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name following advice and approval by his doctors who will also advise on his travel arrangements," the Church said in a statement on Thursday.