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'Three of Pope's relatives die in car crash in Argentina'

Three of Pope Francis' relatives have been killed in a car accident in Argentina, local media have reported.

The Pope's nephew Emanuel Bergoglio was seriously injured when his car collided with a truck but his wife and two children, aged two years and eight months, died in the crash, according to local police.

Local news agency DYN said the accident happened shortly after midnight when Begoglio's car slammed into the back of a truck which was carrying grains.

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Huge crowds for South Korea Pope Mass

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Vast crowds gathered in Seoul's Gwanghwamun Square in South Korea as Pope Francis delivered a beatification mass for 124 Catholic martyrs.

Beatification is the last step before sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

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In his homily before a crowd of hundreds of thousands, Francis said the martyrs' courage and charity and their rejection of the rigid social structures of their day should be an inspiration for people today.

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Pope shuns luxury in South Korea with small car

Pope Francis has surprised South Koreans during his visit to the country by shunning an expensive luxury car to travel in a compact car instead.

After arriving at the airport he climbed into the backseat of a a Kia Soul - the manufacturer's second smallest model.

Pope Francis has refused to use a bullet-proof "popemobile" like his predecessors in favour of low-key cars.

His choice of car has received wide coverage in South Korea, where ostentatious shows of wealth usually represent a person's status.

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