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Vatican Won't Pay Pell's Legal Fees, Aussies Asked To Help

Supporters of Cardinal George Pell have been invited to donate to a special fund to assist in his legal battle against historical sexual abuse charges.

Australia's most senior Catholic is facing an expensive time in court, and has hired renowned criminal barrister Robert Richter, QC, to help defend him.

The Institute of Public Affairs executive director John Roskam told the Herald Sun that he received bank details for a fighting fund set up on behalf of Cardinal Pell.

Mr Roskam revealed he has received inquiries from Pell supporters right across the country. 

"The point of this (fund) is that there are a lot of people who want to support the cardinal and want to give him the opportunity to clear his name," he told News Corp.

Cardinal Pell is set to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 26 after Victoria Police charged him with a number of offences in relation to alleged historical sexual abuse.

The 76-year-old has said he is looking forward to having his day in court following a two-year investigation.

Australian Catholic authorities have ruled out paying the cardinal's legal fees.

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