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Would-be papal assassin decries canonization of John Paul II

April 25, 2014

The man who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981 now opposes the canonization of the Polish Pontiff, saying that it is wrong to “deify” a mortal man.

Ali Agca, who shot and wounded the Pope on May 13, 1981, said that it was a “miracle” the Pontiff survived the assassination attempt. He said that he was happy to have been part of a “divine plan,” despite the years that he spent in prison because of the assault.


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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Apr. 25, 2014 11:44 PM ET USA

    Unrepentant to the end. Someone ought to tell him that we are not "deifying" anyone. We are just recognizing them as being exceptionally saintly.

  • Posted by: normnuke - Apr. 25, 2014 10:46 PM ET USA

    This man's awesome intellect, here evident, immediately put me in mind of Jimmy Carter's comments just a few days ago. Perhaps they could write a book together.