2019-09-01 16:55:24 UTC
The Pope Walks Into An Elevator. He Gets Stuck For 25 Minutes.
The pope was running late.
For seven excruciating minutes, thousands of gatherers on Sunday in St Peter's
Square in Vatican City were anxiously waiting for Pope Francis to show up for
his weekly address, which usually starts, like clockwork, exactly at noon.
Questions and worries that something may be seriously amiss made many onlookers
But finally, the window of the Apostolic Palace swung open and a smiling
82-year-old pontiff sent relief across the crowd.
What explained the delay? The pope had been trapped in an elevator, an unfazed
pontiff told the gatherers.
"I must apologize for the delay," said Francis, explaining that there was a drop
of voltage in the elevator, causing it to stop.
Francis told the crowd he had been trapped in the elevator for 25 minutes, but
intervention from firefighters whether divine or not saved the day.
"Thank God the Fire Brigade came," Francis said. "Let's hear it for the Fire
The pontiff then moved to his usual prayers and blessings. He ended his remarks
by announcing that 13 church figures had been elevated to cardinals.