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Pope’s Relatives Killed

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Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in critical condition Tuesday after their car crash on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and a local police official said.

The AP reports that the small car carrying a nephew of the pope along with the man’s wife and two young children slammed into the back of a truck. The crash killed the wife and children, one 2 years old and the other 8 months.

Emanuel Bergoglio, the 38-year-old son of a brother of Pope Francis, was hospitalized. He suffered extensive injuries and his condition was not considered stable, said Ignacio Bruno, an assistant director of the hospital in the town of Villa Maria, to Todo Noticias television.

Please keep Pope Francis and his family in your prayers during this time.

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