Pope Francis leaves the Vatican for surprise visit to music store in central Rome

Pope Francis left the Vatican this Tuesday, by surprise, to visit a music store, which he already knew, in central Rome and received a classical music record as a gift from the owners.

The Catholic pontiff left the Vatican at 8:00 pm on Tuesday (7:00 pm Lisbon time) to visit Sterosound, one of Rome’s small and historic music stores, located near the Pantheon.

The story was revealed to the EFE agency by the director of television Rome Reports, Javier Martínez Brocal, who witnessed the visit by chance.

Jorge Bergoglio, passionate about music, was a regular customer of this store when he was in Rome, visiting it as cardinal and archbishop of Buenos Aires and had not been there since he was elected pontiff on March 13, 2013.

The store owners, during a meeting with Pope Francis, made a promise to the pontiff that he would return to the establishment, a promise that was fulfilled this Tuesday, the owners told Javier Martínez Brocal.

Francis rarely left the Vatican on personal matters and recently explained that he did so on three occasions: to visit a survivor of the Auschwitz camps, the writer Edith Bruck; a teacher, Mara, aged 90, who taught at the University of La Sapienza and to offer condolences to an Italian journalist friend on the death of her mother.

The top representative of the Catholic Church was also seen on two occasions in the center of Rome, when he went in person to buy shoes and glasses, in front of the incredulous gazes of Romans and tourists.

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