Archbishop Gallagher offers Memorial Mass in Vatican’s Irish Chapel for murdered British MP Sir David Amess

Commemorating the murdered British MP, Sir David Amess, on the first anniversary of his death, Archbishop Paul Gallagher has offered up a Memorial Mass in the Irish Chapel of St. Columbanus in the Vatican grottoes.
In his message of closeness and condolences that led tributes at a Requiem Mass in Westminster Cathedral on 23 November 2021, Pope Francis praised Sir David Amess for years of “devoted public service” before he was fatally stabbed in his constituency surgery on 15th October in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex.

One year later, the Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, has celebrated a Memorial Mass for Sir David Amess MP, founder and first Chairman of The All Party Parliamentary Group on the Holy See, at the Irish Chapel of St Columba near the tomb of the Apostle Peter in the Vatican Grottoes.

The Mass took place on Friday at the end of the three-day visit to the Vatican by The All Party Parliamentary Group on the Holy See, led by its co-chairs Sir Edward Leigh MP and Mike Kane MP, and marked the first anniversary of Sir David’s tragic death. The All Party Group’s delegation was accompanied at the Mass by the British Ambassador to the Holy See, Christopher Trott.

The aim of  The All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Holy See is to foster closer relations between the United Kingdom and the Holy See, and to inform members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords about the global activities of the Holy See and the Catholic Church. It consists of representatives from both Houses of Parliament.

Pope’s tribute

The special tribute signed on the Pope‘s behalf by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin for the Westminster Requiem in November 2021 read: “His Holiness recalls with gratitude Sir David’s years of devoted public service guided by his strong Catholic faith and evidenced in his deep concern for the poor and the disadvantaged, his commitment to the defence of God’s gift of life, and his efforts to foster understanding and co-operation with the Holy See in its universal mission.”

The man who stabbed Sir David Amess was immediately arrested and following his trial was sentenced to life in prison. Ali Harbi Ali killed the MP after having joined the meeting pretending to be an NHS employee moving to the area. He told the court he had plans to target various MPs and said he was a so-called Islamic State fanatic.