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Pope Francis

Relatives die in crash

18 Aug, 2014

A Vatican spokesman confirms that three of Francis’ relatives, a niece and two great-nephews, died in a car accident in Argentina. Francis’ nephew, Emanuel Bergoglio, remains in intensive care in an induced coma. He is seriously injured with liver trauma, a fractured femur and other injuries. His wife, Carmona Valeria, and their eight-month-old son Jose die at the scene.  His other son, Antonio, dies later at the hospital. Father Federico Lombardi:

The pope has been informed and he is painfully sorry.

Francis is asking for prayers.