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.
More top news
Hilary Mantel has defended her story which imagines the assassination of Margaret Thatcher in 1983 after its publication prompted an outcry.
Tony Blair warns that we should brace ourselves for a struggle against the Islamic State that could last a lifetime.
If last week was about "country before party" this week it's a very different story.