Sunday 30 August 2015

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

Published 19/08/2014 | 13:37

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
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
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.

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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