Cardinal George Pell takes a casual stroll through Sydney

Cardinal George Pell was feeling the cold as he walked through Sydney's city centre, contemplating the historical sex abuse charges he is fighting in court.

The world's third highest-ranking Catholic rugged up in a think black winter jacket on Thursday morning, a week after he pleaded not guilty in a Melbourne court.

The 76-year-old was dressed smartly in a dark suit and blue business shirt with black Oxford dress shoes as he pounded the pavement.

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Cardinal George Pell was feeling the cold as he contemplated the historical sex abuse charges against him on a walk through the Sydney CBD

Cardinal George Pell was feeling the cold as he contemplated the historical sex abuse charges against him on a walk through the Sydney CBD

The world's third highest-ranking Catholic rugged up in a think black winter jacket on Thursday morning, a week after he pleaded not guilty in a Melbourne court

The world's third highest-ranking Catholic rugged up in a think black winter jacket on Thursday morning, a week after he pleaded not guilty in a Melbourne court

Cardinal Pell arrived in Sydney on July 10 after Pope Francis gave him leave to defend himself against multiple charges.

He was summoned on June 29 to appear before the court and chose to present himself instead of having his lawyer appear on his behalf.

Following doctor's advice, he avoided taking a long-haul flight from to Australia due to his heart condition.

But the former archbishop and Ballarat priest took multiple flights between Sydney and Melbourne since then.

The 76-year-old was dressed smartly in a dark suit and blue business shirt with black Oxford dress shoes as he pounded the pavement

The 76-year-old was dressed smartly in a dark suit and blue business shirt with black Oxford dress shoes as he pounded the pavement

Cardinal Pell arrived at the Melbourne Magistrates Court last week to be charged with historical sexual offences (pictured)

Cardinal Pell arrived at the Melbourne Magistrates Court last week to be charged with historical sexual offences (pictured)

The 76-year-old didn't answer questions from the crowd of reporters outside and stared down at the ground for the majority of his walk

The 76-year-old didn't answer questions from the crowd of reporters outside and stared down at the ground for the majority of his walk

As the highest-ranking Catholic official to be charged with sexual abuse, his court appearance last Wednesday has attracted intense media attention from Australian and international news organisations.

The third most senior Vatican official sat quietly through the brief first hearing on the charges, which lasted six minutes, in a Melbourne court.

A packed court room heard his lawyer Robert Richter QC tell the filing hearing that Pell denies the accusations.

'Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to all the charges and will maintain his presumed innocence

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