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British Cardinal to skip papal conclave after misconduct allegations force resignation

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    FILE - A Thursday Sept. 16, 2010 photo from files showing Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien speaking to the media in Edinburgh, Scotland. Cardinal O'Brien resigned Monday Feb 25, 2013 due to allegations of misconduct. (AP Photo/Scott Campbell, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - This is a Thursday, Sept,16, 2010 file photo Pope Benedict XVI, right, is greeted by Cardinal Keith O'Brien in Edinburgh, Scotland, to begin the first papal state visit to the UK Cardinal O'Brien resigned Monday Feb 25, 2013 due to allegations of misconduct. (AP Photo/Andrew Milligan, Pool) (The Associated Press)

Cardinal Keith O'Brien says he will be skipping the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI after resigning in the wake of misconduct allegations.

The cardinal says in a statement issued Monday that he will not attend because he doesn't want media attention focused on him during the important session in Rome.