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Agca asks to join Pope Benedict at Fatima

March 25, 2010

Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981, now wants to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima on the same date this year, when Pope Benedict XVI will be present there, his lawyer reports.

Agca, who was released from prison in January, has also said that he wishes to visit the Vatican and pray at the tomb of the man he once tried to kill. He has asked permission from Portuguese authorities to join in the celebration at Fatima this year, at which Pope Benedict will preside. Pope John Paul gave credit to Our Lady of Fatima for saving his life from the assassination attempt.


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