>> Vatican treasurer George Pell will stand trial on historical sexual offense charges. An Australian court made the ruling on Tuesday after a month-long pretrial hearing. It makes Pell the most senior Catholic official to be tried on such allegations. He's pleaded not guilty. In delivering her ruling, Magistrate Belinda Wallington dismissed what Pell's lawyer has called the worst of the charges leveled against his client, but said allegations of offenses at a pool and at a church in Victoria State will be heard.
The 76 year old is on a leave of absence from his role as economy minister to Pope Francis, who said he won't comment on the case until it is over. Pell was ordered to appear in the Melvin County Court on Wednesday when it will be decided how and when the trial will proceed.