Thursday, October 16, 2008

JPII attacked with Dagger

Woa, didn't know this.

I'll have to check other sources to see if this is true, but the story is interesting.

Attack on Pope kept secret.

An attack on the late Pope John Paul II in Portugal by a deranged Spanish priest in 1982 that wounded the pontiff was kept secret, according to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, his former secretary.

Cardinal Dziwisz, now Archbishop of Krakow, has made the disclosure in a documentary entitled "Testimony" to be shown at the Vatican tonight (Thursday) in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI.

The cardinal says the attack occcured on 12 May 1982 while the then Pope was visiting the Marian shrine at Fatima in Portugal to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for saving his life during an assassination attempt a year earlier, when he was shot in St Peter's Square by the Turkish right wing gunman Mehmet Ali Agca.

During the Fatima ceremony a right wing Spanish priest, Juan Fernandez Krohn, attacked the pontiff with a dagger. The priest was tackled by police and disarmed. The event was reported at the time but downplayed, and the fact that the Pope was injured was suppressed. "I can now reveal that the Holy Father was wounded" Cardinal Dziwisz says. "There was blood".

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