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The disgraced Cardinal who was Britain's most senior Roman Catholic has announced he will leave Scotland for several months "for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer and penance".
Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigned his position after admitting his sexual conduct had, at times, "fallen below expected standards".
ITV News Scotland correspondent Debi Edward reports:
A statement said that Pope Francis had agreed with the decision but did not say whether it was the pope's idea that O'Brien should leave for what the Vatican said would be "several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer and penance".
The statement did not say where the Cardinal was going.
Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who admitted that his sexual conduct had "fallen beneath the standards" expected of him when he resigned, "will be leaving Scotland for several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer and penance."
Cardinal O'Brien resigned as the head of the Catholic Church in Scotland at the end of February.
Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, who resigned as head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland after acknowledging sexual misconduct, will leave Scotland for months of "prayer and penance", the Vatican said.
A statement said O'Brien, who was Britain's most senior Catholic cleric until his resignation in February, would be leaving his country "for the same reasons" that he decided not to participate in the conclave that elected Pope Francis.