No decision on Cardinal Pell's fitness to return for RC

Cardinal Pell

There has been no decision made on whether Cardinal Pell will be well enough to return ahead of his scheduled appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse next month.

- Nine News/Guardian

Other appearances have been affected by the Cardinal’s health. This week he will address a philanthropic Catholic organisation’s Miami symposium via video link, with his office saying he was not well enough to make the trip to the United States.

Last month, Cardinal Pell cancelled his flights just days before he was due to appear in Ballarat, citing ill-health as the reason. The sitting was deferred until February, so that Cardinal Pell could attend when his health had improved.

The Royal Commission will hold a directions hearing in Sydney on February 5 to determine whether the Cardinal will be well enough to travel to Australia.

Cardinal Pell is the chief financial adviser to the Vatican. He continues to serve in this role in Rome, despite his health problems.

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