Archbishop Mario Conti, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, has expressed his delight at the news that the city has been chosen to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Archbishop said: "This is great news for Glasgow and for Scotland. The positive impact of bringing such a great international festival of sport to the banks of the Clyde is hard to over-estimate.
"This news will mean new opportunities for investing in facilities, but more importantly in people, and will play an important role in transcending the material, social and spiritual poverty which still blights the lives of too many of the people of this area.
"I congratulate the City Council for having the ambition and skill to bring the games to Glasgow and the Scottish Government for its energetic support of Glasgow's bid."