Pope Francis has learned three members of his family have died in a tragic car accident in his homeland of Argentina on Tuesday reported Vatican News. The Holy Father is “profoundly saddened” by the news of the car crash that killed his nephew’s wife and the couple’s two small children.
According to Highway Police Superintendent Jorge Raineri the small vehicle, which carried Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, 38, his wife and two children (two-years-old and eight-months old), slammed into the back of a truck on a provincial highway in Argentia. The National Post revealed three of the family members have died and Pope Francis’ nephew is in critical condition. Emanuel is the son of Pope Francis’ late brother Alberto Bergoglio who passed in 2010.
Emanuel's wife, Valeria Carmona, 36, and their two sons, Jose and Antonio, died before reaching the hospital loated in the town of Villa Maria. The Pope's family was returning home to Buenos Aires after a weekend getaway when the accident occurred between the cities of Rosario and Cordoba. Reports state the driver of the truck was not injured.
Father Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, released a statement on behalf of Pope Francis. Lombardi noted that the Pontiff has received the “news of the tragic accident and requests that all those who share in his grief join with him in prayer.” Although Pope Francis is “profoundly saddened,” the Vatican hasn’t released information if he intends to visit Argentina in light of this terrible news.
Pope Francis has just returned to the Vatican after his “apostolic trip to Korea” from August 13-18. He left Asia asking for “peace and reconciliation with a message of hope and healing,” to arrive to the tragic report of his family’s misfortune.