Pope Francis admits to visiting a music shop to bless the business

In a videotape that made headlines and was even published by the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, Francis was videotaped departing the shop by Javier Martinez-Brocal, director of the Rome Reports news agency

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Pope Francis has always criticized the fact that he can no longer go about town unseen like he did before becoming pope. But, after being recorded on tape making a surprise visit to a Rome record shop this week, he seemed to have retained his sense of humor.

When Pope Francis sneaked out of the Vatican to sanctify the recently remodeled Stereo Sound retail shop adjacent to the Pantheon on Tuesday evening, he handed a note to a Vatican correspondent who happened to be in the right place at the right moment.

In a videotape that made headlines and was even published by the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, Francis was videotaped departing the shop by Javier Martinez-Brocal, director of the Rome Reports news agency.

Afterward, Martinez-Brocal addressed the pope a letter stating that he wasn’t a paparazzo and bemoaning that Francis could no longer walk around unseen, but also expressing gratitude for the article providing a much-needed dose of good news in a world awash in misery.

Pope Francis was reported to have said

I won’t deny that it was (bad luck) that after taking all the precautions, there was a journalist waiting for someone on the taxi line. You can’t lose your sense of humor.

Francis then responded in his usual tiny script that the thing he dislikes the most about being pope is not being able to go for a stroll as he used to in Buenos Aires. 

Former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was renowned for using bus service to get around the Argentine capital rather than the luxury cars that other popes use to visit churches. In 2013, he was elected Pope.

According to Francis, Martinez-Brocal was simply doing his job as a reporter when he videotaped the event. He joked

Thank you for performing your vocation, even if it puts the Pope in trouble.

The store owners later told The Associated Press that Francis had informed them during an earlier interaction at the Vatican that he would be coming to visit and had unexpectedly appeared at around 7 p.m., according to the store owners.

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