I thank Pope Benedict XVI for his kindness and courtesy to me and, on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Scotland, I wish him a long and happy retirement. I also ask God's blessing on my brother Cardinals who will soon gather in Rome to elect his successor.
I will pray with them and for them that, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, they will make the correct choice for the future good of the Church.
May God who has blessed me so often in my ministry continue to bless and help me in the years which remain for me on Earth and may he shower his blessings on all the peoples of Scotland, especially those I was privileged to serve in a special way in the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh.
More top news
Glamour's 12th Annual 50 Best-Dressed Women List, voted for by readers, includes two Brits in the top 10.
Thousands of sick people may soon be unable to see a doctor because there are not enough GPs, experts have warned.
This is a table of the statistics regarding under-18s and under-16s, who have been caught drink driving in the period 2008 to 2013.