Relatives of Pope Francis killed in car crash

Two great-nephews of the pontiff and their mother were killed in accident in Argentina

Pope Francis prays during his meeting with journalists aboard the papal flight on the journey to Seoul, South Korea, after being informed by Father Federico Lombardi, right, that Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli, of Italy, died in Gaza, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Six people - including the Associated Press video journalist - were killed Wednesday when leftover ordnance believed to have been dropped in an Israeli airstrike blew up in the Gaza Strip. Camilli and his Palestinian translator, Ali Shehda Abu Afash, were covering the aftermath of the war between Israel and Islamic militants in Gaza when they were killed. The blast occurred as Gaza police engineers were trying to defuse unexploded ordnance fired by Israel. Four police engineers also were killed, police said. Three people, including AP photographer Hatem Moussa, were badly injured. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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 the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the accident occurred Tuesday morning in the area of Cordoba, a major Argentine city. One nephew was 2, the other was 8 months. The age of their mother wasn’t immediately available.

Lombardi said the nephew survived; local news reports said he was injured. Lombardi didn’t have the victims’ names.

Lombardi said “the pope was informed about the tragic accident. 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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