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Karol Wojtyla was elected pope on 16 October 1978, becoming the Catholic Church's first non-Italian pontiff in over 450 years. He took the name John Paul II as a nod to his predecessor, John Paul I, whose term lasted only one month. John Paul II became known particularly for his globetrotting ways; as pope he visited more than 100 countries worldwide. He was also known as a champion of human rights and for his conservative positions on social issues like abortion, homosexuality and contraception More>>

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_John_Paul_II_assassination_attempt

The first attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II took place on Wednesday, 13 May 1981, in St. Peter's Square at Vatican City. The Pope was shot and ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmet_Ali_A%C4%9Fca

Mehmet Ali Ağca is a Turkish assassin and Grey Wolves member who murdered left-wing journalist Abdi İpekçi on 1 February 1979, and later shot and wounded Pope John Paul II on ...

www.ncregister.com/blog/smcafee/rare-and-shocking-facts-from-the-assassination-attempt-on-john-paul-ii

May 13, 2017 ... The day he was shot was also the anniversary of a day that would ... On May 13, 1981, thirty-six years ago, Pope John Paul II was on the brink ...

www.denverpost.com/2017/05/12/photos-may-13-1981-pope-shot

May 12, 2017 ... Scene in St. Peters Square on May 13. 1981, when Pope John Paul II was shot. A gun can be seen at far left above the head of a man wearing ...

cruxnow.com/vatican/2016/07/12/papal-assassin-says-wants-become-priest

Jul 12, 2016 ... In the latest in a series of erratic and conflicting statements by the man who shot St. John Paul II in 1981, Mehmet Alì Ağca now says he'll ...

cruxnow.com/global-church/2017/05/12/fatima-history-papal-assassination-attempts

May 12, 2017 ... St. John Paul II venerates the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, whom he ... against St . John Paul II, who was shot in St. Peter's Square in 1981.

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/man-who-shot-pope-john-paul-ii-returns-to-the-vatican-to-lay-flowers-9947091.html

Dec 28, 2014 ... Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981, returned to the Vatican on Saturday to lay white flowers at ...

www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0513.html

ROME, Thursday, May 14 -- Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded yesterday as he was standing in an open car moving slowly among more than ...

dailysignal.com/2017/05/01/book-cia-found-soviet-role-in-shooting-of-pope

May 1, 2017 ... Pope John Paul II meets with and forgives Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who tried to kill him in 1981, during a 1983 prison visit. (Photo: ...