The Head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has sent a message of condolences to the Solomon Islands people for the devastation and loss of lives caused by the flash flooding earlier this month.
The floods had killed 23 people, including children and left thousands homeless.
In an email, Secretary of State at the Vatican in Rome, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said “the Holy Father was saddened to learn of the floods which have brought devastation to Honiara and parts of Solomon Islands, and wants to convey the assurance of his prayer to those suffering in the aftermath of this disaster”.
Pope Francis also stated he “entrusts the souls of the deceased to the mercy of God and he invokes the strength and spiritual consolation upon all who mourn their loved ones”.
He said “his prayerful solidarity extends also to the many people who lost homes and property, and all engaged in the work of rescue and rebuilding”.
Pope Francis ended his message saying he ” invokes God’s blessings of comfort and peace upon the many people affected by this tragedy”.
The message of condolence was emailed this morning.