Why do we pray for the dead? We pray for the dead because they were sinners. We pray that God will have mercy on them. Someone in Howth, Co. Dublin asked for a mass to be said for Osama Bin Laden. It was written in a book, it was printed in the newsletter, it was put in the online parish bulliten. This is what happens in most parishes. But for some reason many people are offended? Osama Bin Laden is dead, he was a sinner, he needs prayer. May God have mercy on him.