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Pope rescued by firefighters after being stuck in lift

Pope Francis waves from the window of his studio overlooking St Peter’s Square at the Vatican (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)
Pope Francis waves from the window of his studio overlooking St Peter’s Square at the Vatican (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

By Tim Smith

Pope Francis has said he was stuck for 25 minutes in a Vatican lift and had to be rescued by firefighters.

Francis apologised to the faithful in St Peter's Square after he showed up seven minutes late for his traditional noon appointment with the public.

Apparently referring to electrical power, Francis said that a "drop in tension" caused the lift to stop.

He said Holy See firefighters rescued him and asked the people in the square to applaud them.

Television networks in Italy which broadcast the prayer live had been concerned the unprecedented delay might have been due to health reasons.

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