MELBOURNE - Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell arrived at a court in his native Australia on Wednesday for his first appearance to face historical sex charges as the most senior Roman Catholic official to face such accusations.
Pell, 76, a top adviser to Pope Francis, was escorted into Melbourne Magistrates' Court by police through a large crowd of media, protesters and supporters.
Australian police charged Pell last month with "historical sexual offences" from multiple complainants.
Pell has previously said he was looking forward to his day in court to fight charges he said are false.
Protesters shouted as Pell climbed the steps of the courthouse. He did not speak to waiting media.