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"The most important thing to say is Cardinal Winning is not critically ill"
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Sunday, 10 June, 2001, 08:28 GMT 09:28 UK
Prayers said for Cardinal
Cardinal Winning is said to be recovering
Cardinal Winning is said to be recovering
Special prayers were being said throughout Scotland on Sunday for Cardinal Thomas Winning, who has suffered a heart attack.

The 76-year-old leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland was said to be "comfortable" and settled in Glasgow's Victoria Infirmary.

But he will be kept under close observation in coronary care for the rest of the weekend.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Glasgow said the Cardinal will need time to recover before returning to his busy schedule.

The cardinal was taken to Glasgow's Victoria Infirmary by ambulance after the heart attack at his home in the city.

He was said to be conscious, although in some discomfort.

A spokesman for the cardinal said: "He was well enough to joke with the nurses at the hospital.

He was compos mentis enough to realise that it was more painful that it should be

Church spokesman
"One introduced herself as Jane. He replied to her: 'I'm Tarzan'."

Priests in the Glasgow archdiocese have been notified and prayers were said for him throughout Scotland on Saturday.

In a statement, the church said: "His condition has stabilised since admission.

"The cardinal is fully conscious and has spoken to family members and senior priests at the archdiocese.

"He is not in intensive care and describes his own condition as comfortable."

The leader of Scotland's 750,000-strong catholic community was being kept in hospital for observation.

'Dialled 999'

The cardinal, who has no history of heart trouble or any other ill-health, first began to feel unwell while driving from his office to his home in Glasgow's southern suburbs on Friday.

"He began to feel quite ill after he got home and dialled 999," said a spokesman.

"The ambulance came around quickly and took him to the Victoria Infirmary."

He said the cardinal did not lose consciousness and remained alert throughout.

Victoria Infirmary
Cardinal Winning is being cared for in Victoria Infirmary
"He was compos mentis enough to realise that it was more painful than it should be," he said.

The spokesman said the cardinal was visited in hospital by nephews and nieces who live in the Glasgow area, and by senior priests.

He added: "They were shaken to hear about it, but I think they were somewhat reassured when they got there."

Among the cardinal's visitors were Vicar General of the Glasgow archdiocese, Monsignor James Clancy, and the Chancellor, Monsignor Peter Smith.

The cardinal's upcoming engagements have been postponed to give him time for recovery, said the church.

Mgr Smith said: "The cardinal was alert but tired. He expressed a gratitude to the medical staff for their assistance and asked for a remembrance in the prayers of those who know him."

Cardinal Winning became a cardinal in 1994 and has made the voice of the Catholic church more high profile than ever in Scotland.

He has a reputation for being on the left politically, but a conservative on church matters.

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