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The Pope Needed a Rescue

Francis got stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes and needed firefighters to get him out
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 1, 2019 6:09 AM CDT
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Pope Francis salutes pilgrims and faithful as he leaves St. Peter's Square at the Vatican after his weekly general audience, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

(Newser) – Pope Francis says he was stuck for 25 minutes in a Vatican elevator and had to be rescued by firefighters, reports the AP. "I have to beg your pardon," Francis told the crowd, per KIRO. Francis apologized to the faithful in St. Peter's Square Sunday for showing up seven minutes late for his traditional noon appointment with the public. 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. (Read more Pope Francis stories.)

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