Pope Francis stops at a music store in Rome but is caught by the journalist
Pope Francis has long complained that he could not walk around the city unnoticed, as he did before becoming Pope. But he seems to have nevertheless retained his sense of humor after being caught on camera making an unannounced visit to a record store in Rome this week.
Francesco wrote a note to the Vatican journalist, who was at the venue on Tuesday evening at the right time when the Pope left the Vatican to 'bless' the newly renovated Stereo Sound store near the Pantheon.
Javier Martinez-Brocal, director of the Rome Reports news agency, filmed the Pope leaving the store, the images went viral and even published in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.
Martinez-Brocal then addressed the Pope with a letter explaining that he was not a paparazzi, and regretted that Francesco could no longer move unnoticed, but this story was a much-needed dose as good news in a world gripped by tragedies.
"I will not deny that it was (bad luck) that after taking all the precautions, there was a journalist waiting for someone at the taxi line," Francescu wrote in response to the journalist. But he added: "You can not lose your sense of humor."
Francesco then reiterated that what he misses most now that he is Pope is the inability to take walks, as he once did in Buenos Aires. Former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was known for using public transport through the Argentine capital, avoiding private cars used by other cardinals to visit parishes. He became pope in 2013.
Francesco admitted that Martinez-Brocal was simply doing his job as a journalist when he recorded the event. "Thank you for doing your homework, even if it put the Pope in trouble," he wrote humorously.
The owners of the Stereo Sound store told the 'Associated Press' that Francesco had left around 19:00, without announcing. He had told them during a previous meeting at the Vatican that he would go to visit the facility.
"He walked into the store and it was a wonderful meeting. "And as he promised, he blessed the store," said store owner Tiziana Esposito.
Co-owner Danilo Genio said that Francesco had been a client for a long time, having gone to Rome every time for meetings at the Vatican when he was in the office of priest, archbishop and then cardinal of Buenos Aires.
"Every time he came to Rome to go to the Vatican, he first stopped here to buy some gifts," he said.
Francesco, who grew up listening to opera on the radio and likes tango, Mozart and Wagner, bought nothing this time. But the shop owners gave him a CD with classical music.