Scottish Cardinal welcomes St Andrew's Day announcement

 Cardinal Keith O'Brien has welcomed the 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." St Andrew's Day is on 30 November. Source: SCMO