Usually a punctual pontiff, Pope Francis was late to his Sunday Angelus address. Where was he? Stuck in a Vatican elevator, being rescued by firemen.

Normally arriving to his Sunday Angelus prayer and address to the Faithful in Saint Peter’s Square at exactly noon, Pope Francis appeared at the window of the Apostolic Palace 7 minutes late.

He explained to the waiting crowd he was stuck in a Vatican elevator after an electrical malfunction and had to be rescued.

“First of all, I have to apologize for the delay, but there was an accident – I was locked in the elevator for 25 minutes! There was a drop in voltage and the elevator stopped.” 

He thanked the fire department of Vatican City, and asked for a round of applause for their efforts.

“Thank God the fire department came – I thank them so much! – and after 25 minutes of work they managed to make it go. A round of applause for the fire department!”

You can read Pope Francis’ full Angelus address here on the Vatican website.

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