Take a look at the video above showing TV reports on the assasination attempt onÂ Pope John Paul II in the Vatican on May 13th, 1981, done by a turkish Mehmet Ali Agca.
One frame from a spool of 8mm film catches a hand holding a gun (pic above in white circle) rising above the crowd and aiming at Pope John Paul II as he rides through St. Peter’s Square. An instant later, the pontiff was shot.
On May 13, 1981: A young Turk, Mehmet AlÃ¬ Agca, shot the pope in the abdomen and hand while he circles St. Peter’s Square. The pope is hospitalized for 22 days.
Pope John Paul II met with his would-be assassin, Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca, in Agca’s prison cell in Rome. Italy’s President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi pardoned Mehmet Ali Agca in 2000 and Italian Justice Minister Piero Fassino then authorized Agca’s extradition to Turkey to serve a prison sentence for an unrelated killing.
During a private meeting following Pope John Paul II’s weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the pope embraced Muzeyen Agca, mother of Mehmet Ali Agca – the man who shot the Pontiff 15 years earlier. Agca’s lawyer said she plans to file appeals with Italian authorities either for his pardon or transfer to Turkey.
According to a Vatican spokesman, the Pontiff personally intervened with Italian authorities to gain the release and pardon of Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk who sought to kill him in 1981. The Pontiff, speaking to children at a Rome parish on Oct. 10, 1999, said the teachings of Christ instructed him to forgive Agca.
Important dates on this:-
The Pope Shot!: On May 13, at 5:19 p.m. a young Turk Mehmet AlÃ¬ Agca shoots the Pope in the abdomen and hand while he circles St. Peter’s Square… Severely, wounded, the Pope was operated on for 6 hours at Gemelli hospital, and he was hospitalized for 22 days.
On May 17, John Paul II recites the Angelus at Gemelli hospital: “Pray for the brother who shot me, whom I have sincerely forgiven”.
On June 20, the Pope is hospitalized for an infection linked to his shooting injuries. He undergoes surgery on Aug. 5, and is discharged nine days later.
On July 15, 1992, John Paul II undergoes surgery to remove a benign intestinal tumor. He is released from Gemelli Polyclinic 11 days later.
On No.11, 1993, while in the Hall of Benediction, the Pope dislocates his right shoulder during a fall at the end of the audience. He undergoes operation and spends one day at the hospital. His shoulder is immobilized for one month.
On April 29, 1994, following an accidental fall, which caused a fracture of the right femur, John Paul II recovers at Gemelli Polyclinic after undergoing hip replacement surgery. He is released 28 days later.
On Oct.6, 1996, the Pope enters the hospital for surgery to remove an inflamed appendix. His scheduled operation takes place on the morning of Oct. 8. He is released a week later.
Parkinson’s disease: On Jan.3, 2001, after months of speculation, one of the pope’s physicians confirms that the pontiff is suffering from Parkinson’s disease. John Paul’s left hand visibly trembles and he has a slow, stooped gait – all symptoms of Parkinson’s.