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Red hat returns to Edinburgh as the capital flourishes

fly SIMON CALDWELL

TFIE POPE has named Archbishop Keith O'Brien of St Andrews and Edinburgh as the new cardinal for Scotland.

Archbishop O'Brien, 65, will be among 31 priests and bishops who will receive their red hats at a consistory in Rome on October 21, two days after the beatifieation of Mother Teresa.

He will be the first Scot to . be made cardinal since the death of Cardinal Thomas Winning in 2001 and the third to hold the office since the Refonnation. He said he was accepting the honour on behalf of all the people of Scotland.

"As president of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, I am proud of the fact that our small nation continues to be recognised and acknowledged by the Church," he said. "I have got to be a good holy person, better than ever before to give a good example to all my people in the cotmtry."

Archbishop Mario Conti, successor of Cardinal Winning as Archbishop of Glasgow, congratulated Archbishop O'Brien. He said: "The red hat corning to Scotland is a sign of the Holy See's recognition and respect for the Scottish nation and will provide the Catholic Church in Scotland with the opportunity to take part in the next conclave.

'The return of the red hat to Edinburgh is particularly appropriate at a time when the city has become, in effect, the capital through the establishment of the Parliament. There could be no more worthy person to fulfil the role than Archbishop Keith, who for 18 years has shown enormous dedication as a pastor. I am sure that Christians of all denominations will rejoice with us in his elevation to the College of Cardinals which is a real honour for Scotland."

Archbishop O'Brien was horn in Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He was oniained priest in 1965 and appointed archbishop in 1985.

The other new cardinals include seven officials in the Roman Curia, four priests and 18 archbishops. The Pope has also announced a cardinal in pectore — close to his heart — whose name he is not ready to make public, possibly because he is a pastor in a country where the Church is persecuted or in a situation where his appointment might cause misunderstandings.

'The appointments include Archbishop George Pell of Sydney, Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Vatican foreign minister, Archbishop Renato Martino, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and Opus Del Archbishop Julian Herranz, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts.

They include Archbishop Angelo Seola, Patriarch of Venice; Archbishop Gabriel Zubeir Wako of Khartoum, Sudan; Archbishop Jean Baptiste Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Archbishop Tarcisio Bettone of Genoa.

Swiss Dominican Fr Georges Cotner, papal household theologian and secretary of the International Theological Commission, and Czech Republic Jesuit Fr Thomas Spidlick, who preached the spiritual exercises to the Pope and the Roman Curia in 1995. were among the four priests.

John Paul II, after announcing the names in Rome on Sunday, entrusted them to the "maternal protectionof the Blessed Virgin Mary. The appointments mean 135 cardinals will be eligible to vote in the next conclave, though the total number of electors must not exceed 120.




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