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Cardinal welcomes St. Andrew's Day announcement | SCMO

| 11th September 2006 | Modified: 16th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 21 times

11 September
Sep 11
11th September 2006
Cardinal Keith O'Brien has welcomed today's announcement by Scotland's First minister Jack McConnell that he will support calls for St. Andrew's Day to be declared a national holiday.  

Speaking after the First Minister's announcement in Edinburgh, the Cardinal said:  
"I was delighted to be with the First Minister this morning at the meeting of Interfaith leaders in Edinburgh and very pleased to hear of his decision to support the campaign for a public holiday on St. Andrew's Day. I have long supported those who have campaigned for such a move and believe it finally gives our Patron saint the national recognition he deserves."  

Cardinal O Brien added;  

I hope this move will encourage more Scots, especially a younger generation to learn more about our Patron saint and the Christian heritage and history which forged our nation."  

ENDS  


Peter Kearney  
Director  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
Glasgow  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  
pk@scmo.org  
www.scmo.org  

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