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Why did Pope Francis visit a record store in Rome?

According to La Stampa, Pope Francis visited the newly-renovated store to bless it. During his 12 minutes inside the shop near the Pantheon, he received a disc of classical music from the shopkeepers. The paper reported that the owner, named Letizia, together with her daughter and son-in-law, are old friends with the pontiff, who was a customer long before he became pope. He promised to return one day and visit them as pope, according to the report. On Tuesday, he appeared to do just that.

Famiglia Cristiana reported the owner as saying: “He already came when he was a cardinal. It was very emotional. We gave him a classical music record as a gift.”

According to CNN’s Delia Gallagher, a Vatican spokesperson confirmed that Pope Francis blessed the shop.

In addition to the photo, Martínez-Brocal also shared a 24-second video of Pope Francis’ departure, as he exits the store and climbs into a white Fiat 500L.

In 2016, Aleteia reported that the pope enjoys classical music including from composers Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven.

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