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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Three relatives of Pope Francis - including two young children - killed in car crash

Published 19/08/2014 | 13:37

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A TV still image shows a firefighter standing next to a car, trapped underneath a truck, in which three relatives of Pope Francis were killed near James Craik, Cordoba province, early August 19, 2014. A nephew of the pope, Emanuel Bergoglio, who was driving the car was in serious condition after the accident. The nephew's wife and two children aged two years and eight months died, said media citing police and hospital sources.  REUTERS/DyN-www.noticraik.com (ARGENTINA - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) BEST AVAILABLE QUALITY
A TV still image shows a firefighter standing next to a car, trapped underneath a truck, in which three relatives of Pope Francis were killed near James Craik, Cordoba province. A nephew of the pope, Emanuel Bergoglio, who was driving the car was in serious condition after the accident. The nephew's wife and two children aged two years and eight months died, said media citing police and hospital sources. Reuters/DyN-www.noticraik.com
Pope Francis touches his face during his meeting with journalists aboard the papal flight on the journey to Seoul, South Korea, while being informed by Father Federico Lombardi that Associated Press Video journalist Simone Camilli of Italy, died in Gaza, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia
Two great-nephews of the Pope and their mother were killed in the traffic accident today. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

Three relatives of Pope Francis have been killed in a car crash in Argentina, police have confirmed.

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Two great-nephews of the Pope and their mother were killed in the traffic accident today.

The deceased includes a baby of eight months and two-year-old toddler.

Their father, the Pope’s nephew Horacio Bergoglio, is reported to be in a ‘serious condition’ in hospital.

The accident is believed to have taken place after midnight last night in the district of Cordoba, Sky News reports.

It has been reported the vehicle in they were travelling in hit a truck in front of them.

Horacio Bergoglio is the son of Alberto, the Pope's late brother.

Vatican spokesman the Reverend Federico Lombardi said the accident occurred on Tuesday morning in the area of Cordoba, a major Argentine city.

Lombardi said "the pope was informed about the tragic accident. He is deeply pained". He added the pope asks "all who share in his grief to unite with him in prayer".

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