Three members of Pope's extended family die in Argentina car crash

(CNN) -- Two of Pope Francis' grandnephews and the boys' mother were killed early Tuesday in an Argentina car crash that also seriously injured the pontiff's nephew, police said.

A car driven by the Pope's nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, struck a truck on a highway in Cordoba at about 12:30 a.m., Cordoba police spokeswoman Carina Ferreyra said.

Emanuel Bergoglio's sons -- Jose Bergoglio, 8 months, and Antonio Bergoglio, 2 -- and his wife and the boys' mother, Valeria Carmona, 36, died, police said.

Emanuel Bergoglio, 35, was taken to a hospital in Cordoba, where he was in critical condition Tuesday morning, Ferreyra said.

Pope Francis, the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is a native of Argentina, where he was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1969. He was archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 until he became Pope in March 2013.


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