Pope Francis said on Sunday that he was late to his weekly Angelus prayer by seven minutes, because he was stuck in a Vatican elevator and had to be helped by firemen.
“I have to apologise for being late. I was trapped in a lift for 25 minutes, there was a power outage but then the firemen came,” he revealed to the people in St. Peter’s Square.
The 82-year-old further said a “drop in tension”, caused the elevator to block.
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He disclosed that Holy See firefighters rescued him, and asked the people in the square to appreciate them with a clap.
Also in his message on Sunday, Pope challenged governments to take “drastic measures” to combat global warming, and reduce the use of fossil fuels, saying the world was experiencing a climate emergency.
His appeal was contained in a written message for Sunday’s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit this month in New York, which is a follow up to the 2016 Paris Agreement to curb global warming.
He calling the UN summit “of particular importance,”.
“There, governments will have the responsibility of showing the political will to take drastic measures to achieve as quickly as possible zero net greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the average increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius with respect to pre-industrial levels, in accordance with the Paris Agreement goals,” he also said.
Pope has made many calls for environmental protection. He once clashed with leaders such as U.S. President, Donald Trump, who has taken the United States out of the Paris accord.
“We have caused a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself, including our own,” he added.