Archbishop Eamon Martin has spoken of his “deep sadness” following the Eathquake in Italy which has claimed the lives of over 250 people.
The Primate of All Ireland, has offered up prayers in response to the human tragedy.
Archbishop Eamon said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the deaths today of so many people due to the earthquake in Central Italy.
“Following the example of Pope Francis - who replaced his weekly General Audience in Rome by leading pilgrims in the Rosary for the victims of the earthquake - I offer my prayerful solidarity to the people of the affected areas and for their loved ones who have been injured and killed. “
In a message to local people he added: “I also ask for prayers of support to those providing emergency assistance and medical treatment to the injured and displaced. Many Irish people have friends and family living in Italy or have spent time there on holidays and, at this time of human loss, I encourage everyone, through prayer and friendship, to express solidarity with our Italian community in our parishes, schools and workplaces.”