It wasn’t a lightning bolt from heaven but a short circuit that trapped Pope Francis in a Vatican elevator, making him late for his weekly blessing.

The Pope began his Sunday Angelus by apologizing for arriving several minutes late to the noon audience that he delivers from his apartment window to the faithful who gather in St. Peter’s Square below. The Pope said a “drop in voltage" stopped the elevator, prompting the papal rescue.

“Thank God that the firefighters came and I thank them very much," he said. “After 25 minutes of work, I was able to get out." He then asked the crowd to applaud his rescuers before continuing with the weekly blessing.


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