Disgraced cardinal and convicted child abuser George Pell has been visited in prison by Melbourne's most senior Catholic.
Archbishop Peter Comensoli says he saw Ballarat-born Pell in prison about two months ago, as the former cardinal awaited the outcome of his appeal over his conviction for sexual abuse.
"My role, as a priest is to visit those in prison. So you know, I visited him, I visited other prisoners," Archbishop Comensoli told ABC Melbourne on Wednesday.
"He seems quite spiritually strong, I think it takes its toll. He's on 23-hour solitary confinement, really. He only has an hour outside of his actual cell per day."
Pell is waiting on the Court of Appeal to rule on whether his convictions for molesting choirboys will be overturned.
He was ordered to serve at least three years and eight months after being convicted in December of raping one 13-year-old choirboy and sexually molesting another in the sacristy of St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in 1996 when he was newly-installed as Archbishop.
He molested the first boy again about a month later.
"He has a sense of waiting, as with anything there would be a psychological agitation about waiting for what's going to be the outcome of the appeal, but I found him strong spiritually and calm and very conversive," Archbishop Comensoli said.
Authorities are also investigating whether a letter circulating online, apparently written by disgraced Pell to supporters, breaks prison rules.
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The letter, dated August 1, was posted on Twitter by an account called 'Cardinal George Pell Supporters' on Friday night.
A Victorian Department of Justice spokeswoman on Saturday said prisoners were not allowed to post on social media or use the internet.
They are also not allowed to ask others to post on their behalf.
The spokeswoman would not confirm if the letter was written by Pell.
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