Published: Mon, September 02, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Pope Francis stuck in lift before weekly prayer

Pope Francis stuck in lift before weekly prayer

In his greetings following the recitation of the Angelus in St Peter's Square on Sunday, the Pope recalled that the 1st of September marks the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

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.

"I have to apologise for being late, but there was an accident", the pope mentioned with a smile. He had been stuck in an elevator for about 25 minutes.

"A round of applause for the fire brigade", he told the crowd.

Apparently referring to electric power, Francis said a "drop in tension" caused the lift to block.

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".

Francis seems to have unlimited energy despite his age but he does have ongoing health concerns after he lost part of a lung in his youth.

The small personal elevate is called the "little elevator of Pope Sixtus" as a result of it hyperlinks the courtyard named after the 16th century pope to the lavishly adorned papal condo which Francis has shunned since his election in 2013.

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