Pope Francis needed some new kicks, so he did what anyone would do: he went out and bought some. Now, when you or I go out and buy ourselves shoes it’s no big deal, but when Pope Francis does it’s a BIG deal because he’s the freakin’ pope and most popes don’t run their own errands; they have people who will do those things for them.
Of course, his visit did not go unnoticed. It’s hard not to notice the guy wearing a pope outfit, right?
Imagine the surprise of fellow shoppers when Pope Francis shows up at a pharmacy close to the Holy See, the jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, to buy shoes.
If you’re wondering why the pope, who turned 80 on December 17, bought shoes at a pharmacy, it’s because the shoes he bought are orthopedic and help reduce the pain caused by his chronic sciatica.
The Argentine-born pontiff graciously posed for snaps that were then shared on social media.
Pope Francis unexpectedly left the Vatican, this time to get new orthopedic shoes. Last time it had been to get new prescription glasses. pic.twitter.com/pcJEsdTekU
— Ines San Martin (@inesanma) December 21, 2016
Thank heavens for smartphones with cameras because it’s not every day that the pope shows up at your work.
This wasn’t the first time that Pope Francis acted just like one of us. Last year he sauntered outside of the Vatican to see an optician and get a new pair of glasses.
Find out more about the pope’s shoe shopping expedition here.
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