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Pope's Relatives Killed in Argentina Car Crash

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Firefighters inspect the car of Emanuel Bergoglio, nephew to Pope Francis, which crashed with a truck in James Craik, Argentina, Aug. 19, 2014.

Firefighters inspect the car of Emanuel Bergoglio, nephew to Pope Francis, which crashed with a truck in James Craik, Argentina, Aug. 19, 2014.

Three relatives of Pope Francis have been killed in a car crash in Argentina.

The pope's nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, was driving in the central province of Cordoba when his small car struck a truck Tuesday, lodging beneath the rear of the vehicle.

His sons, ages 8 months and 2 years, and their mother, the driver's wife, died in the crash.

The 38-year-old Bergoglio remains hospitalized. He is the son of the Pope's late brother.

Vatican spokesman the Reverend Federico Lombardi said the pope knew of the accident and had asked "all those who share in his pain to join him in prayer."

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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