So, the Pope walks into a record store in Rome.
No, that's not the setup for a joke. That's really a news story that Reuters is reporting.
Pope Francis, who is sort of known for being "the cool Pope" because he's more liberal than his predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II, was seen in a record store in Rome where he was visiting friends and buying some classical music.
Pope Francis has congratulated the reporter who caught him visiting old friends who run a Rome record shop this week, joking that it was his "bad luck" that the news got out.
The visit on Tuesday night was to have remained secret but Javier Martinez-Brocal of the Rome Reports television news agency was in the area in central Rome by chance. He filmed it with his smart phone, posted it on Twitter, and it went viral.
In a letter sent to Martinez-Brocal on Thursday, Francis, 85, congratulated him on his work and lamented his own misfortune.
"You can't deny that it was a case of bad luck ... that after taking all the precautions, there was a reporter there at the taxi rank," Francis said in the letter Martinez-Brocal shared with colleagues on Friday.
"One should not lose one's sense of humour," Francis said. "Thanks for doing your job, even if it did put the pope in difficulty."
By "taking all the precautions" I guess Pope Francis means he didn't wear the tall hat or drive the Popemobile to the store.
Literally, no one in the world would see him walk out of the store and not say "Hey, there's the Pope!"
I'm just saying that his disguise needs a little bit more work. It's hard to sneak around unseen in that outfit.
Francis, who shuns bulletproof cars and visible police escorts, arrived at the StereoSound record shop near the ancient Pantheon in a simple white Fiat 500 driven by a Vatican employee. He stayed inside the for about 15 minutes.
The shop's owners later said they had become friends with him years ago when he was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires.
He would visit their shop to buy classical music records and CDs when he was in Rome on Church business and stayed at a nearby residence for visiting clerics.
"What I miss the most (since he became pope) s not being able to walk around the streets, as I did in Buenos Aires, walking from one parish to another," Francis wrote.
The shop owners later said they gave the pope a boxed-set of classical music CDs but declined to be more specific.
Francis is known to like Beethoven, Mozart and Bach -- and even tango music from his native Argentina.
So the Pope has someone drive him to town, goes into the record store, and buys classical music CDs.
Who in the world is still listening to CDs? Does the Popemobile even have a CD player?
His friends in the shop say he was buying classical music, but wouldn't give more details?
What are they trying to hide? What did he really buy?
I have an idea...
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