Cardinal George Pell found out about his acquittal while watching the television news alone in his prison cell, he told CatholicNewsAgency.com (April 7):
“I did hear a great cheer from somewhere within the jail and then the three other inmates near me made it clear they were delighted for me.”
After his release, Pell enjoyed a steak for his first “free” meal after 400 days in prison, in the midst of Holy Week.
“What I am really looking forward to is celebrating a private Mass,” he said.
He called the imprisonment a “long retreat,” and a time for reflection, writing, and, above all, prayer.
Picture: George Pell, © Mazur, CC BY-NC-SA, #newsIbymqwazgm
The Australian Courts have spoken. To those who previously maligned the judicial process of my country, let them now, like the inmates housed with Cardinal Pell, be of 'good cheer' and reflect on the tormented souls of Pell's accusers, they too are in need of our prayers and compassion.