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Would-be papal assassin decries canonization of John Paul II

Catholic World News - 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.

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