Pope Francis acknowledges he was caught on camera at a record store
ROME Pope Francis has long lamented that he can't walk around town unnoticed as he used to before becoming Pope, but he appears to have kept his sense of humor despite being taken on camera making an unannounced visit to a Rome record shop this week.
On Tuesday evening, Pope Francis wrote a letter to a Vatican reporter who was in the right place at the right time when the Pope was able to bless the newly renovated Stereo Sound shop near the Pantheon.
In a video that went viral and even got written up in the Vatican newspaper LOsservatore Romano, Javier Martinez-Brocal, the director of the Rome Reports news agency.
Afterward, Martinez-Brocal wrote to the Pope a note explaining that he wasn't a paparazzo and that Francis can't move around unnoticed, but that the story provided a much-needed dose of good news for a world that is devastated by tragedy.
Francis said: "You can't lose your sense of humor."
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a former Cardinal, was known for taking public transportation around the Argentine capital, avoiding private cars that his fellow cardinals usually take to visit parishes.
When he recorded the event, Francis acknowledged that Martinez-Brocal was only doing his job as a journalist.
The shop owner told The Associated Press that Francis had arrived unannounced at around 7 p.m., following a previous visit to the Vatican. He walked in the shop and it was an amazing meeting. And as he promised, he blessed the shop, said the shop owner.
Danilo Genio, the co-owner of the company, said Francis was a long-time customer who had popped in whenever he was in Rome for meetings at the Vatican when he was a priest, archbishop, and then cardinal in Buenos Aires.
When he came to Rome to go to the Vatican, he would arrive first to buy some gifts, he said.
Francis, who enjoyed playing opera on the radio and loves tango, tango, and even Wagner, didn't buy anything this time around, but the shop owner gave him a CD of classical music.
The Associated Press