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Ex-Cardinal to leave Scotland

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.

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Pope agreed to Cardinal O'Brien's time of 'penance'

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.

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