Pope John Paul II talking to the criminal who tried to kill him, 1983

Pope John Paul II talking to the criminal who tried to kill him, 1983

The life of Pope John Paul II almost ended on May 13, 1981. Mehmet Ali Ağca, a member of the militant fascist group Grey Wolves, attempted to kill him. He shot the pope in the abdomen and was immediately caught and restrained by a nun and other bystanders until police arrived. After his recovery, the pope pardoned the man and even visited him in prison in 1983 where they talked…