Car Crash Kills 3 of Pope's Relatives
2 great-nephews and their mother die in Argentina accident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 19, 2014 7:40 AM CDT
Pope Francis meets the media during an airborne press conference on his journey back to Rome from Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic...   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

(Newser) – 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 Federico Lombardi said the accident occurred this morning in the area of Cordoba, Argentina. One great-nephew was 2, the other was 8 months; their father reportedly survived. "The pope was informed about the tragic accident," Lombardi said. "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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Aug 19, 2014 9:17 PM CDT
Very sudden the revelation about nerve problems on the part of Francis. As sudden as the death of Francis' distant nice and nephews. It's easy to sense a connection. And it's not hard to suspect the connection. Only a couple of days ago, Francis was asked what he thought of the escalation of aggression by the U.S. In Iraq, in response to ISIS. Francis, basically, skirted the question. And the way he skirted it sounds ultimately unbecoming of someone who presents himself as a man of God. He stated only that, “it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor”. He makes a point of clarifying that he doesn't state how to stop them. But it should also be noticed that he does not specify who the “unjust aggressor” is, and “licit” means legal in the eyes of civil law, not approved of by God! Francis also said that aggression should be based on the approval of the UN. Tellingly, he did not say the decision should be based on God's precepts. It's not surprising that the Catholic Church has made itself a fundamental player in international affairs. There is nothing that has taken place in “government” in at least Europe in the past more than 1000 years that the Church has not intruded upon, and manipulated to personal profit of the Church and its cronies. A large part of that is to give the equivalent of “blessings” to wars profiting the capitalist rich or the monarchies and denunciations of movements like Socialism that threaten the corporations being an unacknowledged branch of “government”. The rectory behind St Patrick's Cathedral in New York has been known as “the powerhouse” since the 1800's. Reactions to this have molded things like the Reformation and the establishment of the Church of England. More recently, the Church has actually sinned against God by excommunicating clergy who denied or even just questioned the “official story” of the “Holocaust”. Excommunication is appropriate only for denying the laws set down by Christ, not for denying the existence of a claimed historical event! Essentially, this act placed those promoting the story of the “Holocaust” at least at the level of God, if not higher than Him! Add to that that the Church refuses to excommunicate politicians who accept abortion. And, even in more modest levels, how many know that Catholicism defines telling the truth, under certain circumstances, as a form of lying? If some rich person is working to fabricate a favorable image of themselves so they can swindle a bunch of the “rank and file” and someone reveals ugly truths about the rich person that can contaminate the fraudulent squeaky clean image they are working toward, it is called “detraction”, and, while it is telling the truth, the Church says you have sinned! Even the adopting of the rules of a “just war” reveal the Church straying from God. There is no reason acceptable to God for the truly decent to engage in war of any kind. Even defense cannot be raised since it is true, although so very, very few have actually demonstrated it, that, if you are truly decent, God will protect you from all aggression. To be sure, the Church has engaged in this connivery for some time now, but it seems to have kicked into high gear in the recent past. Questions about John Paul I dying after only one month don't seem necessarily to have been resolved. John Paul II was a “spook” for the CIA, seeking the overthrow of Poland. Look up “Operation Cappuccino”, which evidently involved the Church, with John Paul II as Polish go between, smuggling arms, explosives and money, disguised as “printing equipment” into Poland, to carry out sabotage and destabilization operations that the corrupt “news” media will never reveal! A pope dies after only a month. The first non Italian pope in centuries is elected. The first pope in centuries resigns rather than dies in office. A pope predicts his death. It can be the definition of gullibility not to see something unusual going on. It should be mentioned, it is obvious the Church is only an organization, a construct of men and, therefore, is driven by what they bring to it, even if it is cravenness and malignance. This comment is not to be taken as acceptance of the insistences of those who refuse to accept the presence of God.
Aug 19, 2014 12:39 PM CDT
Well said "CommentsOnArticles" -- excellent.
Aug 19, 2014 10:52 AM CDT