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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Lawyer: Pope gunman wants to visit Fatima shrine

A lawyer says the Turkish man (Mehmet Ali Agca who called himself as the “Messiah”) who shot Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981, wants to attend annual ceremonies at Portugal's Fatima shrine, which Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to attend.

Lawyer Hacı Ali Özhan says he has written to Portuguese leaders seeking permission for Mehmet Ali Ağca to travel there for the May 13 event.

Ağca, who was released from prison in January after completing a sentence for the 1979 killing of a journalist, has also said he wishes to visit the Vatican and pray at the tomb of the man he once tried to kill.

Three shepherd children claimed in 1917 to have seen the Virgin Mary in Fatima and that she made predictions.

Church officials said in 2000 that she foretold the assassination attempt.

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