Derry, Northern Ireland, May 28, 2019 / 11:01 am America/Denver (CNA).
The pastor of Holy Family parish in Derry had led prayers for the young people who committed an arson attack at the church last week. No one was harmed, but both the church and parochial house were damaged.
CCTV showed a group of young people starting a fire in a shed on the parish property the night of May 24. The Police Service of Northern Ireland have said, “we believe two males may have been involved in starting this fire and we are keen to identify them.”
An event was being held at the time in the parochial house, and those in attendance were evacuated to safety.
Fr. Patrick O'Kane told the Belfast Telegraph that “nobody was injured, and that's the main thing, but there is quite a lot of damage.”
“The people who did it - they did it deliberately. We could see them on the cameras deliberately setting the fire. It wasn't accidental,” he reflected.