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    Cardinal Cleared of Child Sex Abuse

    Australian George Pell said he has "no ill will" toward the former choirboy who accused the onetime Vatican treasurer of assaulting him in the late 1990s. Australia's High Court dismissed his conviction Tuesday, ruling unanimously there was reasonable doubt in the alleged victim's testimony. Pell, the highest-ranking member of clergy to be convicted of sexually abusing children, said his trial wasn't "a referendum on the Catholic Church." He'd spent more than a year behind bars after two trials.

    What's next? While Pell's been kicked out of the Vatican bureaucracy, observers say public opinion will likely remain deeply divided over his fate.

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