Pope Francis tries on a pair of spectacles in an eyeglass store in Via del Babuino in central Rome - AP
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis surprised both locals and tourists on Thursday when he visited an optician near Rome's Spanish Steps to get his lenses replaced for his eyeglasses.
Listen to our report:
“I don’t want to change the frames," he told the owner of the shop. "Just new lenses.”
Alessandro Spiezia, whose business is located on Via del Babuino in the heart of Rome's most famous shopping district, told The Associated Press he was supposed to go the Vatican on Wednesday, but the Pope's secretary informed him Pope Francis wanted to instead go to his shop. He made the original pair of glasses for the Holy Father last year.
Pope Francis was in the shop for about 40 minutes, because Spiezia also gave him an eye exam. While this was going on, a large crowd started gathering outside the shop to look at the Pope.
At the end of the encounter, Pope Francis made sure to settle his bill, saying "Please, Alessandro, let me pay what is owed."
The Pope then got into his Ford Focus, accompanied by a driver, and returned to the Vatican.
Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 435
Reading 1COL 1:15-20
Brothers and sisters: Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the Body, the Church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the Blood of his cross through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.
Responsorial PsalmPS 100:1B-2, 3, 4, 5
R. (2b) Come with joy into the presence of the Lord. Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song. R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord. Know that the LORD is God; he made us, his we are; his people, the flock he tends. R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise; Give thanks to him; bless his name. R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord. For he is good, the LORD, whose kindness endures forever, and his faithfulness, to all generations. R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia. I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink.” Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.” And he also told them a parable. “No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one. Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it will not match the old cloak. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”