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KEEP ARCHBISHOP IN YOUR PRAYERS KEEP ARCHBISHOP; Church leader has heart attack on Spanish visit.

Byline: JANE HAMILTON j.hamilton@dailyrecord.co.uk

SCOTS were being asked to keep Archbishop Philip Tartaglia in their prayers yesterday after he suffered a heart attack.

The senior Catholic cleric took ill on Thursday night as he attended a meeting in Salamanca, Spain with other bishops.

The 64-year-old asked to be taken to hospital after he felt unwell during the Scottish Bishops annual winter meeting at the Royal Scots College.

The Archbishop of Edinburgh and St Andrews, Leo Cushley, took to Twitter to offer support for his stricken colleague.

He said: "Please pray for Archbishop Tartaglia's health as he undergoes tests following a heart attack."

Father Michael Carrie, whose church is in Dunkeld, said: "Please keep Archbishop Tartaglia in your prayers."

The Catholic Church has confirmed the Archbishop suffered a heart attack but said he was in good spirits.

The church said he that he would remain in Spain until he is well enough to return to Glasgow.

In a statement they said that special prayers will be said this weekend throughout the Archdiocese of Glasgow for the Archbishop's recovery.

The statement said: "Following initial treatment at the hospital in Salamanca it has been confirmed that Archbishop Philip Tartaglia had a heart attack.

"The Scottish bishops are currently attending an in-service week at the Scots College in Salamanca."

A spokesman added: "The Archbishop will remain in hospital in Spain until he is well enough to return home.

"Further medical updates will be released if any change in the Archbishop's condition takes place."

Formerly the Bishop of Paisley, Tartaglia was installed as Archbishop of Glasgow in September 2012 following the retirement of Archbishop Mario Conti.

Earlier this month he led a joint requiem mass for three members of the same family who died in the Glasgow bin lorry crash.

He also spoke at a memorial mass in the days immediately after the tragedy in which six people were killed.

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