The Vatican says a road accident in Argentina has killed two young great-nephews of Pope Francis as well as their mother, the wife of the pope’s nephew.
Vatican spokesman the Reverend Federico Lombardi said the accident occurred this morning in the area of Cordoba, a major Argentine city.
One nephew was two, the other was eight months.
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”.
Police say it happened around 550 kilometres northwest of Buenos Aires as the family were driving back to the city from a holiday. The car collided with a truck
Emanuel Bergoglio, nephew to Pope Francis, is in a serious condition in hospital.