Pope visits optician in Rome’s shopping district, catches crowd’s eye

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September 4, 2015

Pope Francis tries on a pair of glasses in an optical store in downtown Rome Sept. 3. Romans and tourists crowded outside the shop to catch a glimpse of the pope inside as he had his eyes measured for a new set of bifocal lenses. (CNS photo/Chiara Apollonj, Reuters) See POPE-EYEGLASSES Sept. 4, 2015. Editors: best quality available.

Pope Francis tries on a pair of glasses in an optical store in downtown Rome Sept. 3. Romans and tourists crowded outside the shop to catch a glimpse of the pope inside as he had his eyes measured for a new set of bifocal lenses. (CNS photo/Chiara Apollonj, Reuters)

ROME (CNS) — Pope Francis created a spectacle when he headed to Rome’s posh shopping district to make a surprise visit to his optician.

Romans and tourists crowded outside Alessandro Spiezia’s shop on Via del Babuino near Piazza di Spagna to catch a glimpse of the pope inside as he had his eyes measured for a new set of bifocal lenses Sept. 3.

According to Spiezia, the pope wanted to keep his old frames, which he bought from Spiezia last year, and just change the lenses with a new prescription for his far-sightedness.

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