The Glass Chapel at Carfin Grotto in Motherwell Diocese, originally created for use by churches at the Glasgow Garden Festival, was broken into and vandalised last week.

The Glass Chapel

The Chapel and St Francis Xavier’s church are located at the Grotto, Scotland’s shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes. Sources in the parish said that the sacred host was scattered across the floor of the Chapel during the incident.

A spokesman for Motherwell Diocese said: “The diocese is working closely with the police who are investigating the incident. We would appeal to anyone with any information to contact the police and assist them in their inquiries.”

Peter Kearney, spokesman for the Catholic Church, said that the attack highlighted a ‘most persistent’ prejudice of ‘anti-Catholic hate crime’.

The Glass Chapel was used by churches during the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988 and moved to Carfin when the Festival site was cleared.

The close working of the churches at the Festival led to the establishment of Glasgow Churches Together.

• Read more at the Scottish Catholic Observer.