15:59 GMT19 January 2021
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    The Pope said that Vatican firefighters had rescued him and asked the people in St. Peter's Square to applaud them.

    Pope Francis said he was late to his weekly Angelus prayer because he got stuck in a Vatican elevator and then rescued by firefighters.

    "I have to beg your pardon," the Pope Francis said as he started the address almost 10 minutes later.

    He later explained that there was a power outage, due to which he got stuck.

    "I have to apologise for being late. I was trapped in a lift for 25 minutes, there was a power outtage but then the firemen came," the 82-year old Francis said.

    Many social media users have reacted to this incident in different ways.

    Users came up with different ideas about what had happened.

    ​Users even began to search for signs after the pontiff got stuck in the lift.


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