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'Was Stuck for 25 Mins': Dashing Late into Vatican Plaza, Pope Narrates His Elevator Ordeal, Asks Crowd to Applaud Fire Brigade

Pope Francis explained that there had been a electrical power problem in the Vatican and that he had been stuck in the elevator until freed by Vatican fire officers.

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Updated:September 1, 2019, 5:23 PM IST
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'Was Stuck for 25 Mins': Dashing Late into Vatican Plaza, Pope Narrates His Elevator Ordeal, Asks Crowd to Applaud Fire Brigade
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Vatican City: Pope Francis arrived late for his weekly address in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, explaining that he had been stuck in an elevator in the Vatican for 25 minutes and had to be freed by firefighters.

"I have to beg your pardon," the smiling pontif said as he started the address about 10 minutes late.

He then explained that there had been a electrical power problem in the Vatican and that he had been stuck in the elevator until freed by Vatican fire officers. "A round of applause for the fire brigade," he told the crowd.

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