Francis has stated he will not comment on Mr Pell’s case until it has concluded.
Magistrate Belinda Wallington made the ruling on Tuesday.
Ms Wallington has not declared what charges against Mr Pell will proceed in the trial.
No date has been given for Mr Pell’s appearance in court.
The economy minister’s lawyers have previously declared their client would plead not guilty to all charges.
In his pre-trial hearing, the prosecution alleged Mr Pell had committed offenses (raping children) at a swimming pool and cinema in Australia’s Victoria state.
It is also alleged offenses (raping children) took place in a church and at other locations.
Pell has been directing media inquiries to the Sydney Archdiocese, his last employer before he took the Vatican posting.
The Sydney Archdiocese had no immediate comment on Tuesday.
Pell’s lawyer, Robert Richter, wrapped up four weeks of questioning accusers and by arguing there was no evidence to support the charges against his client.
01 May 2018
Australian court rules that top-ranking Vatican cardinal must stand trial on historical sexual offence charges.
28 June 2017
Australian police say top Vatican cardinal charged with multiple counts of ‘historical sexual offences’.
28 February 2016
George Pell, the Vatican’s finance minister, faces grilling via video link from Australian child sex abuse inquiry.
29 June 2017
Vatican chief financial adviser takes leave of absence after being charged with historical sexual assault offenses
24 July 2017
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03 March 2016
Top-ranking Vatican cardinal George Pell denied involvement in sex abuse cover-ups, as victims still deal with trauma.
26 July 2017
Cardinal George Pell expected to plead not guilty as he attends first hearing in Australia on historical charges.
01 July 2017
Gerhard Mueller relieved of duties just days after pope aide Pell was charged with child sex abuse.
06 March 2016
Vatican said 15 victims in Rome could not meet the pontiff as they didn’t make request through proper channels.