Cardinal Keith O'Brien
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Cardinal Keith O'Brien steps down

25 February 2013 Last updated at 11:30 GMT

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic has resigned amid claims that he behaved "inappropriately" towards four priests in the 1980s.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien strongly contests the allegations, which were made in Sunday's Observer newspaper.

The cleric was due to fly to Rome to take part in the conclave which will elect the next Pope, following the resignation of Benedict XVI.

Robert Piggot reports.