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Pope Francis stuck in Vatican lift on way to prayers

Pope Francis stuck in Vatican lift on way to prayers”

Pope Francis arrived 7 minutes late for his traditional noon appointment with the public in Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City on Sunday because he was stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes, according to the Associated Press.

He arrived about 10 minutes late for his regular Sunday audience after the rescue team was called to fix the lift and to free him. "There was a drop in voltage and the elevator stopped", a smiling Pope said at the start of the Angelus address. He had been stuck in an elevator for about 25 minutes. There was an increase in tension.

He added, "Thank goodness, the firefighters arrived, and I thank them so much, and after 25 minutes of work they managed to get it started again".

The firefighters were quickly summoned from their station inside the Vatican walls just a few hundred yards from where the pontiff was trapped.

"Let's give a round of applause to the fire service", he said, prompting cheers and applause from the crowd.

Pope Francis is urging governments to show the "political will" to take drastic steps to deal with climate change and says it's time to abandon dependence on fossil fuels.



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