“What I miss the most in this diocese is not being able to walk the streets, as I did in Buenos Aires, walking from one parish to another”. A confession expressed from the beginning of his pontificate and that the Pope Francisco now repeats in a response letter to the Spanish journalist Javier Martínez Brocal. He is the director of Rome Reports which, on January 11, passed through the Pantheon area and immortalized the Pope leaving Stereosound, the record store whose owners he has known since his time as Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
The black and white photo of the Pontiff on the threshold of the call “Pantheon nightclub“-as the Romans call the store-, with a classical music disc under his arm that the owner of the premises gave him, Letizia Giostra, y su hija Tiziana, went viral on social networks in a few minutes.
Humor and vocation
Brocal wrote to the Pope to tell him that he was sorry that he, a lover of freedom, had to remain locked up in his house because every time he moved he was discovered by a camera. But he added that news like this, of his sudden departures, can make us smile in times when only tragedies are talked about.
The Pope thanked him for this “noble and beautiful” post. At the same time, he added in the letter, “It cannot be denied that it was brute luck (bad luck) that, after taking all the precautions, there was a journalist waiting for a person at the taxi rank. A witty comment, as the Pontiff made clear later in the letter: “We must not lose our sense of humor“.
Francis also encouraged “fulfill your vocation” to the journalist, “Even if this means putting the Pope in difficulty.”
A “human” visit
Pope Francisco -who is no stranger to exits outside the Vatican City, since he visited an optician in 2015 and then an orthopedic in 2016- he had gone to the music store in the heart of Rome in the late afternoon to bless the newly renovated premises. He had spent about ten minutes with the owners, old acquaintances from his days as archbishop of Buenos Aires at the Casa del Clergy on Via della Scrofa. The visit had been “beautiful” and “humansaid the store owner.
From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has revealed a nostalgia for being able to move freely around the city. “I miss going out to the street, I do miss it, the tranquility of walking down the street, or going to a pizzeria to eat a good pizza… I’ve always been from the street”, revealed to the Argentine newspaper La Voz del Pueblo in 2015. And two years later, in 2017, interviewed by Scarp de Tenis, a magazine for homeless people in Milan supported by Caritas, he repeated: “There is only one thing that I miss very much: the possibility of going out and going to the streets. I like to visit the parishes and meet the people.”