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Cardinal George Pell, Australia's most powerful Catholic Church official, is facing growing scrutiny amidst a national inquiry into priest sex abuse. Pell, featured on the front page of Tuesday's edition of Sydney-based The Daily Telegraph, is being forced to testify over several days in the Royal Commission probe into decades of alleged abuse of children by priests.

The 74-year-old former Archbishop of Sydney, who currently serves as the Vatican's finance chief, is appearing via video link from Rome about his knowledge of child sex abuse among the clergy.

On the third day of the inquiry, Pell said that he'd been "kept in the dark" about the events, but also admitting to have made "enormous mistakes" in trying to deal with the problem.

Pell's insistence that he was lied to about the occurance of pedophile priests has been slammed as "implausible", and the Royal Commission has warned him that he could be held responsible if he had knowledge of sexual crimes being covered up.

When confronted today with the crimes of notorious pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale, the Cardinal's response elicited audible gasps from observers back in Sydney: "It's a sad story and it wasn't of much interest to me. I had no reason to turn my mind to the extent of evils Ridsdale had perpetrated."

The inquiry in Australia comes as the Academy Awards honored the American movie "Spotlight" about The Boston Globe's explosive disclosure of clergy sexual abuse. The top Church official in Boston at the time, Cardinal Bernard Law, also initially claimed to not know about abuse. Law was eventually forced to resign his post in Boston.

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New Probe Finds Pro-Bolsonaro Fake News Dominated Social Media Through Campaign

Ahead of Brazil's national elections Sunday, the most interacted-with posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram and WhatsApp contradict trustworthy information about the public’s voting intentions.

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Laura Scofield and Matheus Santino

SÂO PAULO — If you only got your news from social media, you might be mistaken for thinking that Jair Bolsonaro is leading the polls for Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections, which will take place this Sunday. Such a view flies in the face of what most of the polling institutes registered with the Superior Electoral Court indicate.

An exclusive investigation by the Brazilian investigative journalism agency Agência Pública has revealed how the most interacted-with and shared posts in Brazil on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp share data and polls that suggest victory is certain for the incumbent Bolsonaro, as well as propagating conspiracy theories based on false allegations that research institutes carrying out polling have been bribed by Bolsonaro’s main rival, former president Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, or by his party, the Workers’ Party.

Agência Pública’s reporters analyzed the most-shared posts containing the phrase “pesquisa eleitoral” [electoral polls] in the period between the official start of the campaigning period, on August 16, to September 6. The analysis revealed that the most interacted-with and shared posts on social media spread false information or predicted victory for Jair Bolsonaro.

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