| 05th May 2004 | Modified: 15th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 20 times

5 May
May 5
05th May 2004

Cardinal asks Canadian students to "seriously consider" living in Scotland  
to live.  

Speaking at the graduation ceremony at the University of St. Francis Xavier  
in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada yesterday (Sunday 2 May) where he was  
receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, Cardinal Keith O'Brien called  
on the students present to consider a move to Scotland.  

Reminding his audience of the centuries old links between Scotland and  
Canada while pointing out the severe challenges Scotland faced dealing with  
population decline and falling birth rates, the Cardinal suggested;  

"appreciating all that Scotland has given to Canada especially over the last  
two hundred years, perhaps it is time for young people of Canada to think of  

returning to Scotland to help rebuild that Scotland to occupy a leading role  
in the world of today."  

Cardinal O'Brien explained that Scotland's First Minister had recently  
launched an initiative aimed at encouraging migration to Scotland from  
elsewhere in Europe to tackle falling population and felt sure a growth in  
migrants from "new Scotland" back to "auld Scotland" would also be welcomed.  

Speaking at the previous day's graduation Mass (Sat 1 May), the Cardinal had  
trailed the possibility of return migration, encouraging graduates to  

"A home in Scotland, a career in Scotland, raising your family in Scotland,  
a lifetime in Scotland, the home of your ancestors - I leave that  
possibility with you for your consideration as you consider your future now  
that you are graduating."  

The theme was expanded upon in the graduation address yesterday (2 May).  

Cardinal O'Brien who travelled to Canada on Saturday morning and returned on  
Sunday night also presented the University with a bound volume of manuscript  
sources relating to Scotland and Canada's shared Catholic heritage. Among  
the documents copied in the volume are; correspondence from Father James  
MacDonald dating from 1776 detailing the state of the Scottish emigrants who  
had crossed the Atlantic and another from The Bishop of London, Canada West,  
dated 5th January 1857, where he writes:  
We have here ¦ a considerable number of your good people of the High Lands,  
speaking only the Gaelic and consequently deprived of almost all the  
succours and consolations of our Holy Religion."  

The full volume was left as a gift to the University.  


Note to Editors:  

The full text of Cardinal O'Brien's address is shown below  

Peter Kearney  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  

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