Monday, May 15, 2006

25 Years Ago...

There was an assassination attempt on John Paul II in the middle of St. Peter's Square.

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This past weekend the Vatican placed a memorial in the square on the spot where it occured. From EWTN:

NEW MEMORIAL MARKS SITE OF PAPAL-ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT

May. 12 (CWNews.com) - The Vatican has placed a memorial marker in St. Peter's Square on the spot where Pope John Paul II was shot 25 years ago.

A rectangular white marble, bearing the late Pope's coat of arms and the date of the assassination attempt, has been placed in St. Peter's Square at the site of the attack. A matching marker has been placed at the entrance to the Vatican clinic where John Paul II was briefly treated before being transferred to the Gemelli Hospital. The memorials were placed by the government of Vatican City.

May 13 will mark the 25th anniversary of the assassination attempt. To mark that date, the pilgrim statute of Our Lady of Fatima will be carried in a procession from the Castel St. Angelo to St. Peter's basilica. Pope John Paul always credited Our Lady of Fatima-- whose feast is celebrated that day-- with preserving his life when he was shot.

The Polish Pontiff had finished his regular weekly public audience, and was riding through St. Peter's Square in the open "popemobile," when would-be assassin Mehmet Ali Agca loosed three pistol shots at him from close range. Two of the bullets struck the Pope, gravely wounding him. On the same date-- May 13-- in 2000, the Vatican later revealed that the renowned "third secret of Fatima" involved a prediction of the assassination attempt.

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