Late pope gets flowers from would-be assassin


VATICAN CITY: Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish former extremist who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II, on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) laid flowers on the late pontiff’s tomb. The latest highly publicized act of contrition by Agca came 31 years to the day after John Paul visited him in prison in Rome to forgive him for the 1981 shooting that nearly killed the leader of the world’s Catholics. Agca, then 23, shot the Pope twice from close range in St. Peter’s Square, one bullet passing through his abdomen and another narrowly missing his heart.



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