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Pope pops into Rome record store to surprise old friends and get ...

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Pope pops into Rome record store to surprise old friends and get a CD

The Catholic figurehead is no stranger to shopping in the city

Philip Pullella

Pope Francis, a lover of classical music, slipped out of the Vatican on Tuesday evening to visit old friends who run a Rome record shop and came away with a gift of a CD.

The visit was to have remained private but Javier Martinez-Brocal, a reporter for the Rome Reports television news agency, was in the area by chance, filmed it with his smartphone, and posted it on Twitter.

Francis stayed inside the Stereo Sound record shop near the ancient Pantheon for little more than 10 minutes. A Vatican spokesman said Francis had gone there to bless the shop because it had been recently renovated...

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