Rt Rev Alan Williams sm, Bishop of Brentwood, writes:
On behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brentwood, we offer our sympathy and prayers to the family of Sir David Amess, Member of Parliament for Southend West, who was so tragically killed today. Sir David had a deep Catholic Christian faith which expressed itself in great generosity and kindness to those he served in the wider community of Essex and East London.
I experienced first-hand his friendliness, goodness and concern for others; he was a very fine man who gave himself wholeheartedly to public life. The manner of his dying is utterly shocking and I ask all members of the diocese to pray for Sir David and all those who will be affected by his sudden and painful absence in our lives.
Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.