by Laura Stampler
Three members of Pope Francis’ family were killed in a car accident in Argentina Tuesday,CNN reports, including his 8-month-old and 2-year-old grand-nephews and their mother.
A Cordoba police spokesperson told news outlets that the pope’s nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, crashed into a truck on the highway at 12:30 a.m. Bergoglio is currently in the hospital under serious condition.
The Pope’s spokesperson said he was “profoundly saddened” by news of the accident, BBC reports.
On a flight back to the Vatican from South Korea Tuesday morning, the Pope had been lightheartedly discussing his own mortality with the press, saying he expected to be in “the Father’s house” in some two or three years.