The historic Scottish Catholic shrine of the Grotto of Lourdes in Motherwell has been vandalized

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A Scottish Catholic shrine was set on fire in a fire.

The Grotto of Lourdes at Carfin’s Grotto on Newarthill Road in Motherwell was badly damaged after being vandalized.

The cave owners told their Facebook followers that they were “very sad” to report that “the yobs” were responsible for the attack.

Police confirmed receiving a report at around 12:50 p.m. indicating that the holy site had been targeted.

Vandals damaged signs, candlesticks, cables and plaques.

Afterwards, spokespersons for the owners called on the Scottish government to act to protect the places of worship.

The sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes was created at the beginning of the 20th century.

This was the idea of ​​the father, later Canon Thomas Taylor, who died in 1963.

He was pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in the small mining village of Carfin, which is two miles east of Motherwell.

Following a trip to France’s main Marian shrine in Lourdes, Canon Taylor’s vision was to build a religious memorial in honor of “Our Lady” on the model of the Grotto of Massabielle.

Since its opening in the early 1920s, the “cave” has attracted pilgrims by the hundreds of thousands and its surroundings have been modified and enhanced with rich Catholic symbols and buildings.

The cave sanctuary offers a season of pilgrimage with Sunday processions, rosaries, open-air masses and events dedicated to the feast day that take place each year from the beginning of May to the end of September.

In a Facebook post, the cave owners called anyone who might know who was responsible to contact the police.

“We are very sad to report that some thugs have destroyed some of the candlesticks where we pray for our loved ones. While there are financial damages and implications for repairs at a time when we are strapped for cash, there is a greater impact of intimidating and desecrating the prayers of the faithful and their loved ones, ”they said.

In a video on social media, Sancta Familia Media – which conducts press inquiries for the shrine – said the fire caused enormous damage to cables and candle holders while the roof also appeared to have been burnt down.

Memorial plaques for loved ones were also damaged.

They also called on the Scottish government to reassure the Catholic community in Scotland about the protection of their religious places.

In a social network, the group wrote: “An unfortunately all too common occurrence in Scotland. What will @NicolaSturgeon and @scotgov do to reassure Catholics and the protection of their places or their worship?

A spokesperson for Sancta Familia Media said: “We know this was deliberate as items were added in piles and set on fire in the memorial grotto at Lourdes.

“It is worrying to Catholics that so many acts of vandalism and destruction are being reported across the country. We hope this will be dealt with at the national level.

“The Grotto is open to everyone, not just Catholics and we would hate to be in a situation where we have to close the access which many enjoy as a place of peace.”

A Scottish Police spokesperson said: ‘We were made aware of the damage to Carfin Cave on Newarthill Road in Motherwell at around 12.50pm on Monday 18th October.

“The investigations are ongoing and at an early stage. ”

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