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Who attended George Pell's funeral in Sydney?

Updated: Feb 4, 2023

Protesters and mourners were seen outside St Mary's Cathedral.

Cardinal George Pell has been farewelled at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney following his death last month at the age of 81.

Protests were seen outside in support of the LGBTQ+ community as ribbons were also tied to the fence.

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton was the most senior sitting politician in attendance, with former Liberal Prime Ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott also there.

Dutton said his "decision to go to Cardinal Pell’s funeral this morning reflects the fact that he contributed a lot, particularly to Catholic education and to the church otherwise."

"I think it’s important for our country to recognise, obviously, our Indigenous culture…but we have a lot thank the churches for over a long period of time."

NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham and retiring Revive Australia Party MLC Fred Nile also attended, as did ADH TV host and commentator Alan Jones.

Family First-backed independent upper house candidate Lyle Shelton said on Twitter he was there as well.

Notably absent were Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns and Governor-General David Hurley.

Pell died in Rome on January 10 after heart complications during a hip surgery.

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