In the morning hours of July 28, a devastating fire destroyed St Simon Church, the third-oldest Catholic church in Glasgow.
More than thirty firefighters were mobilised. Since Second World War, the church was used by Polish soldiers and immigrants. For its 150th anniversary, it was totally renovated between 2005 and 2008. After the fire, it has been left barely standing.
The fire occurred two days after a man wielding a glass bottle attacked a priest who was praying at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Scotland’s Health Minister Humza Yousaf, the first non-white and Muslim member of the Scottish Cabinet who belongs to the Scottish National Party, spoke on Twitter.com about “a devastating couple of days for Catholics in Scotland.”
The church was built by Irish Father Daniel Gallagher who taught David Livingstone (+1873) Latin, thus enabling him to escape from the dye works at his birthplace and to become a physician, Protestant missionary and famous explorer in Africa.
Heart-breaking images from Glasgow.