9 Days from Final Appeal, Novena for Cardinal Pell Begins

L to R: “Sir Thomas More,” “Darmstädter Madonna,” “John Fisher.” All paintings by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/1498–1543).

VATICAN CITY — As Cardinal George Pell’s final appeal at Australia’s High Court draws closer, a special novena has been prepared that begins today.

The prayer, published below, originates from Newman parish in Melbourne — the city where Cardinal Pell was tried. It asks the Lord that justice be done by appealing to the intercession of Our Lady, St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher — all said to be favorites of the cardinal.

Cardinal Pell is serving a six-year jail sentence for sexually abusing two choir boys as archbishop of Melbourne after Sunday Mass in the city’s St. Patrick’s cathedral in 1996 and 1997. He has always vigorously protested his innocence.

During the appeal in Australia’s High Court which is scheduled for March 11-12, Cardinal Pell’s attorneys are expected to argue that his conviction should have already been overturned because it was based upon uncorroborated testimony of only one complainant.

A Newman parishioner known simply as Gabriella told the Register “there’s no grandstanding involved” in the novena, “just a simple request” by the parish priest who “put the request out there and leaves the rest to God.”

The response to the request has been “excellent,” she said.

“It is all in God’s hands — his will, not ours,” Gabriella added. “We pray for the cardinal’s perseverance in the faith and patience in adversity as well as plenteous Graces for his spiritual and temporal welfare regardless of the outcome in March before the High Court.”

She added that the “general mood” in the parish is one of prayer and hope. “We pray, we hope in God and that Cardinal Pell is accepting this as penance for all the atrocities committed by other priests.”


Special Novena for Cardinal George Pell (March 2-10)

Memorare to Our Lady

Remember, O most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy Protection, implored thy Help, or sought thy Intercession was left unaided by thee. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, MARY, Virgin of virgins, MOTHER OF JESUS CHRIST; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful, sorrowful and trembling. O Mistress of the World and MOTHER OF THE WORD INCARNATE, despise not my petitions, but in thy Mercy hear and answer wretched me crying to thee in this vale of tears. Be near me, I beseech thee, in all my necessities, now and always, especially at the hour of my death. O clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

Prayer to St. John Fisher

O GOD, WHO DIDST GRANT to Thy blessed BISHOP JOHN, the GRACE COURAGEOUSLY to give his LIFE for TRUTH and JUSTICE, GRANT through his intercession and example that we may so lose our LIFE in this world for CHRIST, that we may find it in HEAVEN. Through OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, YOUR SON, Who LIVETH and REIGNETH WITH YOU IN THE UNITY of THE HOLY GHOST, ONE GOD, FOR EVER AND EVER, Amen.

Prayer to St. Thomas More

O GOD, Who didst bestow upon the blessed Martyr THOMAS the GRACE to EMBRACE THY CROSS with a Joyous and Resolute spirit amidst the snares of the world, and the sufferings of prison and death, GRANT, WE PRAY THEE, through his intercession and example, that eagerly STRIVING for FAITH and JUSTICE we may merit to come to the JOYS of EVERLASTING LIFE, THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, YOUR SON, WHO LIVETH and REIGNETH WITH YOU IN THE UNITY OF THE HOLY GHOST, ONE GOD, FOR EVER AND EVER, Amen.



CP&S comment: It is not too late to start this novena today and we encourage our readers to do so please…

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6 Responses to 9 Days from Final Appeal, Novena for Cardinal Pell Begins

  1. Thank you CPS. He needs our prayers.


  2. Crow says:

    Thank you Kathleen and CP&S. I will start the novena today.


  3. Crow says:

    Additional to the novena of Newman parish, I have started the novena to St Therese. The current Australian High Court is not impressive and there are some recent cases that are examples of wokeness making bad law. Any examination of the evidence in regard to the case against Cardinal Pell will reveal that the testimony of the accuser is not only uncorroborated, it is directly contradicted by testimony from many witnesses and by circumstantial evidence. There are manifest improbabilities and inconsistencies in his evidence, all of which were brushed over by the majority in the Victorian Court of Appeal, who justified their decision by emphasising that the accuser was ‘believed/believable’, as though that has weight when every scintilla of evidence refuted his case, and when, by the way, the accuser was not even physically present in court, the evidence being given by pre-recorded video. As a consequence of the marked cowardliness of the decision of the majority in the Court of Appeal, demonstrating their reluctance to push against the narrative, I am not optimistic about the courage or judicial integrity of the High Court. St Therese is renowned as a saint; the novena prayer states;’you are so powerful in obtaining every need of body and spirit from the heart of God. Holy Mother Church proclaims you prodigy of miracles and the greatest saint of modern times’. If the novena to St Therese is started today, it will finish when the relics of St Therese are displayed in St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.
    If anyone wishes to read commentaries on the pathetic case against Cardinal Pell, google Quadrant, which has many articles examining what is effectively a show trial.


  4. geoffkiernan says:

    We also will start the Novena today


  5. kathleen says:

    Thank you for this additional information, Crow, on the shocking injustice meted out to this clearly innocent man, Cardinal George Pell who dared to fight heroically against evil men… and has paid the price for doing so.
    Yes, the Quadrant newspaper (Anglican, I believe, not even Catholic) has made a thorough and objective examination of Cdl. Pell’s case for all to see – the evidence of his innocence is overwhelming – and yet all this was ignored by a cowardly jury that has been terrorised by the threats of the anti-Catholic MSM and the public backlash of hatred.

    As one of his few loyal defenders, Deacon Nick Donnelly, has constantly reminded us, Cdl. Pell has not even been allowed to celebrate Mass in his prison cell! He has been abandoned by the Masonic-run Vatican (no surprise there) and most of his former friends in the clergy, but he is not alone. A faithful group of prayer warriors, with difficulty due to his isolation, send him continuous love and support. Cardinal Pell is a white martyr and a heroic witness to the Truth.


  6. Crow says:

    Well said, Kathleen, and very moving.


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