Pope Francis gets stuck in Vatican elevator, rescued by firefighters

Pope Francis apologized to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square Sunday for showing up late.

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By Associated Press

Pope Francis says he was stuck for 25 minutes in a Vatican elevator and had to be rescued by firefighters.

Francis apologized to faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday for showing up seven minutes late for his traditional noon appointment with the public.

Pope Francis waves from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's square during the weekly Angelus prayer on September 1, 2019 at the Vatican.AFP/Getty Images

Apparently referring to electric power, Francis said a “drop in tension” caused the elevator to block. He said that Holy See firefighters rescued him and asked the people in the square to applaud them.