Pope Francis revealed on Sunday that he was late to his weekly Angelus prayer because he had been stuck in an elevator at the Vatican.
The Pope then further revealed that he had to be rescued by firefighters.
“I have to apologize for being late,” the smiling 82-year old pontiff told crowds of faithful patiently waiting for him to appear at his study window overlooking Saint Peter’s Square.
He then asked the crowd for a round of applause for the firefighters.
Addressing the crowd, the Pope said there had been a “drop in voltage and the elevator stopped”.
“Thank goodness, the firefighters arrived, and I thank them so much, and after 25 minutes of work they managed to get it started again,” he said.
Italian television networks that live-stream the Angelus had been concerned that the unprecedented seven-minute delay might have been due to health reasons, TimesofIsrael reports.
Francis seems to have unlimited energy despite his age. But he lost part of a lung in his youth, and the occasional grimace bears witness to the sciatic pain that is a near-constant companion.
It was believed to be the first time the Vatican’s head of state, who leads the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, has got stuck in an elevator.