Watch: Pope Francis freed by firemen after being stuck in lift

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Credit: Vatican News

Pope Francis arrived late for his Angelus on Sunday, as he was trapped inside a Vatican lift which required the firemen’s assistance.

The 82-year-old pontiff said that he was trapped in the lift for 25 minutes because of a power outage before he was freed by firemen.

A smiling Pope said “I have to apologise” at the start of the Angelus on Sunday.

“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.

He then asked the crowd for a round of applause for the firefighters.

In his address, Pope Francis announced that a papal consistory will convene next month where 13 prelates will be elevated to cardinals.