Pope slips out of Vatican to visit record store, gets CD

Pope Francis grew up listening to the opera on the radio, is a fan of Argentine tango and thinks Mozart “lifts you to God.”

ROME — Pope Francis grew up listening to the opera on the radio, is a fan of Argentine tango and thinks Mozart “lifts you to God.”

But it nonetheless got here as a one thing of a shock to see the 85-year-old pontiff coming out of a downtown Rome record store late Tuesday with a CD in hand. He had made an unannounced visit that was caught on digital camera by a Vatican reporter who occurred to be close by.

Javier Martinez-Brocal, director of the Rome Reports news company, mentioned he was within the neighborhood of Rome’s Pantheon when he seen a white Fiat 500 with Vatican license plates and a few police vehicles parked in entrance of the Stereosound store.

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Francis had slipped inside and stayed for about 12 minutes, chatting with the homeowners, Martinez-Brocal reported.

They then recounted what had transpired: It turns out the previous Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a buyer throughout his visits to Rome, and had promised them he’d come visit when he met with them on the Vatican.

Francis, an Argentine whose love of tango and milonga is well-known, didn’t purchase something. But the store homeowners gave him a CD of classical music, Martinez-Brocal wrote.

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