Cardinal Pell to give evidence from Hotel Quirinale in Rome

23 February 2016

The Royal Commission will hear evidence from Cardinal George Pell from 29 February 2016 at the Hotel Quirinale in Rome as part of its public hearings into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat and the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

The public hearing will be held at the Royal Commission’s hearing rooms in Sydney. Cardinal Pell will give evidence via videolink from the conference room at the Hotel Quirinale in Rome. His evidence will be live streamed and a dedicated room at the Ballarat Town Hall will be available for the public to watch the webcast.

In accordance with a request from Cardinal Pell, the hearing will commence at 8:00am AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on Monday 29 February 2016, which is 10:00pm CET (Central European Time) on Sunday 28 February 2016. The hearing is expected to run for four hours per day, including a half-hour adjournment, for three to four days.

The Royal Commission requests that anyone wishing to attend in person in Rome register their interest with the Royal Commission by emailing contact [at] or calling 1800 099 340. Media wishing to attend must register interest by emailing media [at]

Anyone wishing to attend the public hearing in Sydney or watch from the Ballarat Town Hall does not need to register their interest.

Please note that as this hearing is taking place in Sydney, legal representatives will not be granted leave to appear in Rome.

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