Australian Cardinal George Pell, 79, a former senior adviser to Pope Francis, has broken his silence two months after the country’s High Court overturned his conviction for sexual abuse of two teens.

“From the first night, I always had a breviary (even if it was out of season), and I received Holy Communion each week,” Cardinal Pell wrote in an essay for U.S. Catholic magazine First Things. The story was reprinted in The Australian newspaper.

He said that on five occasions he attended Mass, even though he was unable to celebrate and noted that he “particularly lamented” this at Christmas and Easter.

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