Turkish gunman who shot the Pope in 1981 was ‘relieved he didn’t die’ and now cares for stray animals

THE Turkish gunman who shot the Pope in 1981 has knowledgeable of his help he didn’t die.

Mehmet Ali Agca, now 62, spends his days caring for rescue cats after serving three a very long time in jail.

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Mehmet Ali Agca meeting Pope John Paul II after he shot him[/caption]

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The Turkish gunman has on no account completely outlined why he shot the Pope in 1981[/caption]

He revealed he thinks of the taking photos most days, as he feeds stray cats and canine near his home in Istanbul.

He knowledgeable The Mirror: “I’m man now. I try to reside my life accurately. As soon as I shot him I was 23. I was youthful and I was ignorant.

“I keep in mind how rational I felt. I fired the gun after which it jammed.”

The earlier terrorist added: “It was future. And it was future he survived. I’m very glad he didn’t die.

“The Pope grew to become like a brother to me. When he died [in 2005] I felt like my brother or my greatest good friend had died.”

On Would possibly 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was transferring through St Peter’s Sq. throughout the Popemobile.

As he went through the crowds, Agca fire a gun four events at him, with all four bullets hitting him.

He ran as people panicked and threw the weapon beneath a lorry, nonetheless was grabbed by a Vatican security chief, a nun and numerous different bystanders.


His motive has on no account been completely outlined, after he bought a gun from an individual on the road and launched the assault.

He says he had an English girlfriend on the time and had recognized he would try to kill the Pope whereas alongside together with her.

The Pope forgave Agca and visited him in jail after his restoration – one factor he obtained’t discuss. He was pardoned in 2000 on the Pope’s request and extradited to Turkey.

Agca spent ten further years in jail for murdering a newspaper editor and monetary establishment raids sooner than being launched.

He has since claimed the Soviet Union was behind the assassination attempt, saying “they wished him useless”.

After leaving the nation numerous events – as quickly as to go to Russia and as quickly as to sneak into Italy and place Roses on the spot throughout the Vatican the place he fired the photographs – he spends his days feeding animals.

He talked about: “Animal rights are as important as human rights. I spend spherical £200 a month feeding them.

“It’s the proper factor to do – all of them know me and are available operating after they see me. They’re all so harmless. We should take care of them in addition to we glance after individuals.”

The ex prisoner is hoping to make a film or documentary on what occurred.

And he added he wish to go to London, if he can get a visa.


He fired four photos on the Pope sooner than making an attempt to run from St Peter’s Sq.[/caption]


Agca holding {{a magazine}} with him and the Pope on the doorway cowl[/caption]

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The Pope forgave him and came to visit his would-be assassin in jail[/caption]

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He was launched from jail in 2010 after spending 29 years behind bars[/caption]

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