Power has been restored in the Vatican, as a small number of Vatican officials and tourists remain offline due to power outages.
The Vatican said Saturday that it is “operating normally” and that it expects power to be restored to most of the Holy See by Sunday.
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the power outage is a “very minor incident” and Vatican officials are “confident that the power will be restored soon.”
VIP lounge in the papal palace, which was also temporarily closed on Saturday, reopened Sunday after the pope was shown a video of the Pope Francis during the last two days of his stay in Rome.
But the Vatican said Sunday that it was not yet sure when the power would be restored.
Papal palace: The Vatican Palace, in the heart of the Vatican City, was briefly closed on Friday because of power outage.
An official said that the palace was closed after an emergency check and was reopened Saturday, after Vatican officials checked the situation and confirmed the pope had arrived in Rome after a long flight.
The papal palaces in Rome and St. Peter’s Basilica were also temporarily shut.
“We are working to restore all the power, which is very important for the health of the church and the people of the world,” Lombardi told reporters.
Lombardi said that while power was restored, there was no guarantee of an immediate restoration for all Vatican institutions.
He said the Vatican had not yet received a report from the Vatican’s emergency management authority that it would be possible to restore power to all the buildings.
Officials were still working on a list of institutions that had been put on a state of emergency and the Vatican would release that list on Sunday.
The list includes the Vatican Bank, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the Vatican News Agency, the St. Luke’s Cathedral, the Apostolic Palace and the St Peter’s Square.
In addition to the Vatican Palace and St Peter Street, the city also had power problems in the Holy City of Jerusalem, which has been under a lockdown since Monday.
Israeli authorities, which are trying to prevent the release of a Palestinian terrorist who was convicted of killing five Israelis in a car bomb in the Old City of the city, have also declared the city a “state of emergency.”