Pope ‘deeply pained’ after members of family are killed

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

The Vatican said 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 Reverend Federico Lombardi said the accident occurred on Tuesday morning in the area of Cordoba, a major Argentine city, about 435 miles northwest of Buenos Aires.

One nephew was two, the other was eight months.

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”.