Cardinal George Pell, whom I believed to be a modern-day saint, passed away on January 10th.
It was a great pleasure to get to know Cardinal Pell during visits to Rome over the years. As a testimony to his faith in God and His divine teachings, he loved sacred tradition and pursued truth with persistence and grace. The more I talked with him, the more I understood his priesthood and his call to spread the good news of Christ.
Despite being wrongly convicted, sentenced to 6 years in prison, and placed in solitary confinement for 13 months, he met these trials with fortitude, charity, and capitulation to God’s will. He used a heavy burden to glorify God in the same way that Jesus faced the weight of his cross with faith.
Last year at our annual summer conference, Cardinal Pell joined us virtually–sharing his experience from behind bars and how virtue remained at the center of all he said and did. As Christ forgives us, Cardinal Pell knew he must forgive those who did him wrong.
Today, as we remember such a noble leader and witness to the faith, please join me in praying for the repose of his soul and that he may enter into his eternal reward with the angels and saints.
- Cardinal Pell: Select Video Interviews and his Prison Journals – Catholic Business Journal