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Historic Abbotsford priest's robes to go before Pope

Robes belonging to Cardinal Newman
Image caption Cardinal Newman's robes are being loaned to the Archdiocese of Edinburgh

Historic priest's robes from Abbotsford House in the Borders will be viewed by the Pope during his visit to Scotland.

The vestments, which have never been put on public display, were worn by Cardinal Newman who will be beatified during the papal visit.

The robes are being loaned to the Catholic Archdiocese of Edinburgh.

They will go on show at St Bennet's church in the capital before being returned to the former home of Sir Walter Scott and put on public display.

Cardinal Newman visited Abbotsford in 1852 and 1872 as a guest of his friend James Robert Hope Scott - who was married to Sir Walter's grand-daughter Charlotte.

Pope Benedict XVI is making a four-day visit to the UK next week and will be in Scotland on 16 September.

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