Cardinal Priest of St. Mary Dominic Mazzarello
Cardinal Pell was born on 8 April 1941 in Ballarat (Australia).
He signed to play professional Australian Rules Football with the Richmond Football Club in Melbourne in 1959, but instead chose to study for the priesthood.
He studied in Melbourne and in Rome before his ordination on 16 December 1966 in Rome. He later obtained a Doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University in England and a Masters in Education from Monash University.
He undertook several pastoral assignments within the Ballarat diocese, and was involved in various Catholic Education bodies. He was Rector of Corpus Christi Seminary from 1985-1987.
He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne on 30 March 1987 and consecrated on 21 May 1987 by Archbishop Sir Frank Little of Melbourne.
He was appointed as Apostolic Visitor to the seminaries of New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, the Pacific and Irian Jaya and Sulawesi betwen 1994 and 1998 on behalf of the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples.
He was promoted to Archbishop of Melbourne on 16 July 1996 and later transferred to be Archbishop of Sydney on 26 March 2001.
He was accused in 2002 of sexually abusing a young boy when a seminarian, but the independent inquiry set up to investigate the accusation found it to be unsubstantiated.
He was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II on 21 October 2003, with the title of Santa Maria Domenica Mazzarello.