Papa Francisco

The Pope Francisco, a lover of classical music, came out of Vatican to visit old friends who run a record store in Rome and left with a gift CD. The visit should have been private, but Javier Martínez-Brocal, a journalist from Rome Reports, was in the area by chance, filmed it with his smartphone and posted it on Twitter.

Francisco stayed inside the record store StereoSound near the old Pantheon for just over 10 minutes on Tuesday night. A Vatican spokesman said Francis had gone there to bless the store because it had recently been renovated.

Martínez-Brocal told Reuters that the store’s owners told him that they had befriended the Pope years ago when he was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, and visited his store to buy classical music records and CDs when he was in Roma on Church business and was staying at a nearby residence for visiting clergy.

They also stated that they gave the Pope a classical music CD, but refused to be more specific. Francisco is known to like Beethoven, Mozart and Bach, and even tango. The video showed the Pope, avoiding bulletproof cars, exiting the store, wearing a mask, and getting into a plain white Fiat 500 with Vatican license plates, Reuters reported.

It is not the first time that the Pope has visited a store in Rome. In 2015, two years after his election, he ordered a new pair of glasses from an optician in Rome. They should have been delivered to the Vatican but he decided to go pick them up himself.

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