A British lawmaker died Friday after suffering multiple stab wounds at a Methodist church in southeast England.
Sir David Amess, 69, was a Member of Parliament since 1983 and a member of the Conservative party. He was Catholic, pro-life, and reportedly a strong supporter of Catholic education and animal welfare. Amess was holding a meeting with his constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church when the attack took place.
A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the killing, and a knife has been recovered.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster released a statement paying tribute to Amess and urging prayers for him and his family.
“I pray for him that he be welcomed into the merciful presence of Our Heavenly Father. I pray for his family and friends, those reeling from shock at this time. I pray for his constituents [and] all those who worked with him in his political career,” Cardinal Nichols said.
“David carried out his vocation as a Catholic in public life with generosity and integrity. He served in Parliament for four decades and was respected by all political parties across the House. His untimely death is a great loss.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Amess had an “outstanding record of passing laws to help the most vulnerable.”
Right to Life UK described Amess as a “pro-life champion.”
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