Pope Francis rescued by firefighters after being stuck in Vatican elevator

Pope Francis waves to worshipers upon his arrival for the weekly general audience on August 28, 2019 at St Peter's square in the Vatican. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis was rescued by firefighters after being stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes before his weekly address Sunday.

Francis apologized to crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City after showing up late for his weekly address.

Addressing the crowds, he explained: “Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. First of all, I have to apologize for being late but I had an unexpected event, I have been stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes.”

The Pope said that there was “a drop in voltage,” and the elevator stopped.

“Thank goodness, the firemen arrived, and I thank them so much, and after 25 minutes of work they managed to get it started again,” he said.

“A round of applause for the firefighters!” he added.

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