Giving the last rites is an emergency service

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Hearing news of the attack on Sir David Amess last Friday, Father Jeffrey Woolnough rushed to the scene and asked if he might enter to give the MP the last rites. He says a policeman radioed in the request but it was denied. Fr Jeffrey, who did not know what condition Sir David was in – last rites are not performed on the dead, though, had the person just died, or if there was a doubt, the priest can anoint and absolve – respected this decision and prayed the rosary outside….