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."
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