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."