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Sat Dec 27, 2014, 04:16 PM

 

John Paul II gunman lays flowers at Vatican tomb

Source: The Associated Press

Dec. 27, 2014 3:45 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican officials said.

The surprise visit by Mehmet Ali Agca, believed to be his first time in the Vatican since the assassination attempt, lasted a few minutes, a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said. As with other flowers left by visitors to the tomb, the blossoms were later removed by basilica workers.

Benedettini said there are no legal matters pending against Agca in the Vatican and he was free to visit. Agca's trip came on the 31st anniversary of his meeting with the pope.

John Paul, who forgave his attacker, visited Agca in a Rome prison on Dec. 27, 1983, and later intervened to gain Agca's release in 2000. Agca was extradited to Turkey For the 1979 killing of a Turkish journalist and he completed a 10-year sentence there in 2010.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/2b38e6864536468fa7e3ca0dd10bdcea/agca-leaves-flowers-john-pauls-tomb-vatican



JP II is a saint already?

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Ryan Fitzomething Dec 2014 OP
angrychair Dec 2014 #1
Hoppy Dec 2014 #2
murielm99 Dec 2014 #3
Ryan Fitzomething Dec 2014 #4
murielm99 Dec 2014 #5
Posteritatis Dec 2014 #6
They_Live Dec 2014 #7

Response to Ryan Fitzomething (Original post)

Sat Dec 27, 2014, 07:22 PM

1. yes

He was beautified in 2006 and canonisation in 2014. Not Catholic (actually an atheist) but I follow such things.

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Response to Ryan Fitzomething (Original post)

Sat Dec 27, 2014, 11:31 PM

2. If Mother Theresa hadn't been made a saint,

 

could she still have gotten into heaven?

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Response to Ryan Fitzomething (Original post)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 01:26 AM

3. I read that the pope

and his would-be assassin prayed together when JPII visited him in prison.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 01:49 AM

4. 0:58-1:02

 

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Response to Ryan Fitzomething (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 01:54 AM

5. Thank you for that.

It is a shame the man thinks he is the Messiah. It is clear he has some mental health issues. I hope he will be looked after by family and friends.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 02:40 AM

6. Yeah; they (and Agca's family) spoke of each other as friends afterwards

Corresponded on and off up until John Paul II's final illness, I believe.

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Response to Ryan Fitzomething (Original post)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 03:02 PM

7. I always think of this...

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