“What I miss most in this diocese is not being able to walk the streets, as I did in Buenos Aires, walking from one parish to another,” said the Pope Francisco in a paper sent to journalist Javier Martínez-Brocal, who recorded it Tuesday night leaving a record store in Roma.
Francisco congratulated Martínez-Brocal for his work and lamented his own misfortune. “It cannot be denied that it was a case of bad luck (…) that after taking all the precautions, there was a reporter at the taxi rank,” Francisco said in the letter that Martínez-Brocal shared with his colleagues this Friday.
“Gno must not lose his sense of humor,” Francis said. “Thank you for doing your job, even if you put the Pope in difficulty,” the 85-year-old pontiff added. On Tuesday night, the pontiff visited the record store StereoSound near the old Pantheon in a simple white Fiat 500 driven by a Vatican employee. He remained in place for about 15 minutes.
The store owners later said they had befriended him years ago when he was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio and would visit their store to buy classical music records when he was in Rome on church business, Reuters reported.
Brocal’s video went viral on Twitter and the reporter wrote to the pope to tell him he was sorry that he, a freedom lover, had to remain locked up in his house because every time he moved he was caught on camera. But the Pope thanked him for this “noble and beautiful” post. Francis also encouraged him to “fulfill his vocation” as a journalist “even if it means putting the Pope in difficulties.”