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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
      http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=16781 Orthodox leader meets with would-be papal assassin Agca January 11, 2013   Mehmet Ali
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      Orthodox leader meets with would-be papal assassin Agca
      January 11, 2013
       
      Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II in May 1981, met this
      week with the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople.
       
      The January 7 conversation took place at Agca’s request. Agca reportedly told
      the Ecumenical Patriarch that he had spent many hours reading the Bible while in
      prison.
       
      After his conviction in an Italian court for the attempted murder of the
      Pontiff, Agca spent 19 years in prison in Rome before he was released in 2000,
      as part of a general amnesty declared by Italian authorities at the prompting of
      Pope John Paul II himself. He was returned to his native Turkey,
      where he served
      a separate sentence for an earlier murder conviction. He was finally released in
      January 2010.

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