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Thirty years since the shooting of Pope John Paul II

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  • May 13, 2011
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These video reports recall the drama and intrigue surrounding the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II on May 13 1981.



This is the US CBS News report of the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II. Taped from WJKW-TV8, Cleveland.

May 13, 1981: Assassination Attempt on Pope John Paul II (Videoholic/YouTube)



ABC's Peter Jennings reports during the World News Tonight broadcast from May 13 1981 when Pope John Paul was shot in Vatican Square. Broadcast on affiliate KTVK in Phoenix, AZ.

Pope Assassination (NewsbugAZ/YouTube)



Rome Reports talks to Italian Senator Paolo Guzzanti, president of the parliaments committee investigating the shooting, who says he knows who ordered the attempt.

Who is behind the shooting of John Paul II? (Rome Reports/YouTube)



Mehmet Ali Agca wrote to then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger asking him for information about Our Lady of Fatima whose feast day it was when he shot the Pope.

30th Anniversary of John Paul II's Assasination Attempt (Rome Reports/YouTube)
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