The Pope reiterates that he misses walking around and talking to people, as he did when he was a Cardinal in Buenos Aires.
Rome, Rome’s Metropolitan City — Pope Francis has long lamented that he could not roam the city as unnoticed as before before he became Pope. However, he visited a record shop in Rome this week without notice, and seems to have maintained his sense of humor even after being captured by the camera.
Francis wrote a note to a Vatican reporter on Tuesday evening when the Pope happened to be in the right place. Get out of the Vatican Congratulations on the newly refurbished Stereo Sound Shop near the Pantheon.
Javier Martinez-Brocal, director of Rome Reports News Agency, filmed Francis leaving the store. This video became viral and was also published in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.
Martinez-Brocal then wrote a note to the Pope, explaining that he was not a paparazzi and that Francis regretted not being able to move around unnoticed anymore, but the story was coveted by a tragic world. He added that he provided the good news that he had.
“I can’t deny (unlucky) that there was a journalist waiting in line for someone in the taxi line after all the precautions were taken,” Francis replied. But he added, “You can’t lose your sense of humor.”
Francis wrote a small script, his trademark, and reiterated that what he most missed about being a pope was that he could no longer take a walk, as he did in Buenos Aires. Former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergorio was known for using public transport around the Argentine capital and avoiding the private cars normally used by fellow Cardinals to visit the parish. He became Pope in 2013.
Francis admitted that Martinez Brocal was only working as a journalist when he recorded the event. “Thank you for your vocation, even if it makes the Pope difficult,” he joked.
The store owner later told The Associated Press that he arrived without notice around 7 pm after Francis told them he would visit during his last encounter in the Vatican. “He walked through the store, and it was a great meeting, and as he promised, he blessed the store,” said store owner Tiziana Esposito.
Co-owner Danielo Genio said Francis was a longtime customer who stopped by whenever he was in Rome for a meeting in the Vatican when he was a priest, archbishop, and cardinal of Buenos Aires. ..
“When he came to Rome to go to the Vatican, he was the first to come here to buy some gifts,” he said.
Francis, who grew up listening to opera on the radio and loves tango, Mozart and Wagner, didn’t buy anything this time. However, the store owner gave him a CD of classical music.
Paolo Santalucia contributed to this story.
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