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Sunday, 17 June, 2001, 17:50 GMT 18:50 UK
Catholic leader Thomas Winning dies
Cardinal Winning
Cardinal Winning was released from hospital on Friday
The leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics, Cardinal Thomas Winning has died.

The 76-year-old cardinal had left hospital less than 48 hours before where he had been treated for a heart attack.

Tributes poured in for the cardinal, described by the Pope as a "Man of the People".

The Queen paid said she was "saddened" to learn of the cardinal's death.

Shocked and saddened

She said: "He made a very distinguished contribution to the Catholic Church in Scotland and to Scottish public life over many years and he will be much missed."

Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was shocked and saddened by the news.

"His strong moral leadership and commitment to social justice were renowned," he said.

Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish said: "The nation will miss Tom Winning. I will miss him. Scotland has lost one of her greatest sons."

Pronounced dead

The cardinal was taken ill at around 0900BST on Sunday at his home in Glasgow.

Monsignor James Clancy told a news conference in Glasgow that the cardinal had woken up "bright and cheery" at his home in the Newlands area of the city.

He said that Cardinal Winning had just finished breakfast when his housekeeper of 30 years, Isobel McInnes, found him unconscious on his bedroom floor.

She called a friend of the cardinal's who was a heart specialist, and alerted the emergency services.

But despite attempts to resuscitate him at home and at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow, he was pronounced dead just before 1000BST on Sunday.

Miner's son

Mgr Clancy revealed that the Papal Nuncio in London was informed of the cardinal's death and he in turn had contacted the Pope.

A body known as the College of Consultors, a group of 12 priests who the cardinal had chosen for this purpose in accordance to church law, will meet on Monday to elect a temporary successor.

Cardinal Winning, a miner's son from Wishaw in Lanarkshire, was in his early 30s when he caught the eye of The Vatican and the Pope and was made Spiritual Director of the Scots College in Rome.

He was only 49 when he became Archbishop of Glasgow.

And in 1994 he made history when he joined the elite of the Pope's closest advisers, as Glasgow's first ever cardinal and only the third Scottish cardinal since the Reformation.

Cardinal Winning made the Catholic voice more high-profile than ever in his native Scotland.

He was accustomed to becoming involved in heated public debate, gaining him the nickname Cardinal Controversy.

He was a man of great vision and immense social conscience."

Scottish Secretary Helen Liddell
In 1997, he accused Tony Blair of gagging Labour MPs opposed to abortion.

Later that year he launched a scheme dubbed "cash for babies" where women were offered counselling and financial support as an alternative to abortion.

While backing a Scottish Parliament, he did not hold back in his criticisms of its policies urging it to be radical in its social policy.

He became a high profile backer of the campaign, promoted by Stagecoach millionaire Brian Souter, to keep Section 28, the law which banned the promotion of homosexuality in schools.

The death of Cardinal Hume in 1999 made Cardinal Thomas Winning Britain's most senior Roman Catholic.

It is not known when the cardinal's funeral will be held, but the coffin will be held in the Archdiocese of Glasgow building in Glasgow.

Cardinal Winning is survived by three close relatives, his younger sister Margaret McCarron, his niece Agnes Cameron and nephew Edward McCarron.

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