TIL Pope John Paul II forgave his attempted assassin Mehmet Ali Ağca who shot him four times in 1981. At the Pope’s request, the Italian President pardoned Ağca of the crime and he was deported back to Turkey. Ağca requested to meet Pope Francis in 2014 but Francis chose to decline.

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  1. John Paul II kept in contact with Ağca’s family over the years and even visited Ağca in prison a few times forming a friendship with the man before recommending his pardoning.

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