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Three of Pope Francis' Family Members Die in Car Crash

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:02:18 +0000

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(ROME) -- Pope Francis received sad news on Tuesday: Three of his family members died in a car crash.

The wife and two small children of the pope's 38-year-old nephew, Emanuel Bergoglio, were killed when their car collided with a corn truck northeast of the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. Bergoglio himself was badly injured and is in critical condition.

The pope's spokesperson, Federico Lombardi, said Francis was "profoundly saddened" by the news, which he received by telegram in his Vatican residence.

The accident occurred just as the pope arrived back in Rome from a five-day trip to South Korea.

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