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バチカン ローマ法王、エレベーターに25分間閉じ込められる

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pope
ローマ法王
(be) stuck in ~
~に閉じ込められる(後出 (be) blocked in ~ も同意、get stuck はここでは停止する)
square
広場
on-the-dot-of-noon
正午きっかりの
Apostolic Palace
バチカン宮殿
blessing
祈り、祝福
quizzically
疑わしげに
drop in tension
エレベーターケーブルの張力低下のこと
firefighter
消防士(後出 fire department は消防署)
intervene
現れる
Pope Francis is seen in the Vatican on Aug. 28. (AP)

Where's the pope? Stuck in Vatican elevator   

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Where's the pope? He's stuck in a Vatican elevator.

Thousands of people who were gathered in St. Peter's Square for the traditional Sunday on-the-dot-of-noon appearance by Pope Francis were watching for the window of the Apostolic Palace to open so they could listen to the pope's comments and receive his blessing on Sept. 1. But after seven minutes, people were looking at each other quizzically: no pope?

Then Francis appeared and said, "First of all I must excuse myself for being late. I was blocked in an elevator for 25 minutes."

Referring to electrical power, Francis explained that there was a "drop in tension," causing the elevator to get stuck.

"Thank God the firefighters intervened," Francis said, referring to the tiny Vatican City State's own fire department.

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