Boisterous church groups banging drums and singing songs went suddenly silent as the first strains of the musical preludes of the service wafted over the city streets.
Crowds blocks away joined in the chanting and prayers as Mass began.
Pell is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church's ongoing sex-abuse scandal.
(Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune) Threading through Pope Francis' highly anticipated landmark document on marriage and family was an underlying theme that struck a chord with Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich: The church exists to form people's consciences, not to serve as a substitute."That's a very striking thing to say," Cupich said during an interview with the Tribune after the Vatican's release of the long-awaited document Friday.
Cardinal Pell will be compelled to face the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on July 26.
The court will also decide next week whether to release the details and the nature of the charges ahead of the cardinal's court appearance.
Pope Francis on Friday offered his most complete airing yet of the social issues affecting family life, encouraging his clergy to embrace sinners as well as saints and extending an olive branch of mercy to divorced and remarried Catholics long barred from the highest sacrament of the church: Holy...
(Anthony Faiola, Michelle Boorstein)"There's not really any doctrine as such that's changed, but there is, I think, a very fresh way that will strike Catholic people in the pews and the priests about how we pastorally deal with people, especially those people whose lives are really very complicated," Cupich told the Tribune.