Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Car crash kills Pope's relatives

Two of the Pope's relatives have been killed in a car crash in Argentina, according to the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Two of the Pope's relatives have been killed in a car crash in Argentina, according to the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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 on Tuesday 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".

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