October 20, 2014
Pontiff expresses ‘profound sadness’Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Córdoba car crash kills three relatives of Pope Francis
The wife and two kids of Pope Francis’ nephew, Emanuel Bergoglio, were killed yesterday while his nephew was in serious condition, after their car crashed on a highway in Córdoba province. After hearing the news, the Pope expressed his “profound sadness” and pleaded to “all those who share in his pain to pray for him.”
The Foreign Ministry also released a press statement giving the government’s condolences: “President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the national government and the Argentine people give their sincerest condolences to Pope Francis in his time of hardship due to the passing of his relatives.”
The accident occurred shortly after midnight yesterday when the small car carrying the family had slammed into the back of a cargo truck and with the passenger side being crumpled beneath it on the Córdoba-Rosario highway, said police sources.
The crash immediately killed Emanuel Bergoglio’s 38-year-old wife, Valeria Carmona, and his two infant boys, two-year-old and the other eight- months, were declared dead at the emergency centres but Bergoglio managed to survive and was transferred to the Hospital Pasteur de Villa María where he was operated on.
Emanuel Bergoglio (who is the son of the pope’s late brother, Alberto Bergoglio) had fractured his femur, received major abdominal trauma, and endured severe blood loss, according to the Villa María health centre director. He was receiving respiratory assistance in the intensive therapy unit, but his evolution was stable after having been operated on, said the hospital sources.
The bodies of the wife and two children of the Pope’s nephew will be flown to Buenos Aires City’s Jorge Newbery airport on planes offered by Buenos Aires governor Daniel Scioli.
The San Lorenzo soccer club is scheduled to present the Libertadores South American championship club trophy to Pope Francis, (a fan of San Lorenzo) this morning. The club's manager, soccer players, president Matías Lammens and vice president Marcelo Tinelli had travelled to Rome yesterday to share the cup with the pope.
Herald with Telam, AP