The pope’s nephew Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, 35, was driving the car on a highway in the central Argentinian city of Cordoba when a. truck struck the car. His wife, Valeria, 36, and their two children aged eight months and two years dead. Emanuel Bergoglio is in critical condition at a hospital in Cordoba.
As communicated Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Pope “is deeply pained.” Pope Francis also asked that “all who share in his grief to unite with him in prayer.” “When we arrived at the accident with a vehicle rammed into the back of the trailer, it was embedded under the trailer,” was the description of the accident provided by Gustavo Ponce de Leon, the fire chief who responded to the accident. “I felt the impact, looked in the mirror and when I was thrown on the shoulder the car was under the truck. I don’t know what happened,” said the driver of the truck involved in the accident. He was unhurt.