May 13, 1981: John Paul II was shot

May 13, 1981: John Paul II was shot

“If I am not dead, it is thanks to God’s mercy,” said Pope John Paul II. According to Cardinal Bertone and Giuseppe de Carli, The Last Secret of Fatima, John Paul II was so close to death after the shooting in St Peter’s that a death certificate could have been issued. He suffered cardiac arrest; sixty six centimeters of intestine were perforated; much blood was lost. Thank God Professor Crucitti happened to return to the Gemilli Hospital and undertook the four hour surgery that restored John Paul’s life.

The Pope was convinced that Mary had saved his life. (75) He applied the “third secret of Fatima” to himself. I share it with you, taken from a Vatican website which you should visit:

“After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.”

While still in the hospital John Paul II said: “It was a mother’s hand that guided the bullet’s path and in his throes the pope halted at the threshold of death.” Cardinal Bertone comments: “Wojtyla’s Marian piety becomes Christocentric. It becomes the very suffering of Christ on the cross.” (49)

And he elaborated as follows: “Sister Lucia had reinforced his conviction of having been called to a mission of suffering. Wasn’t his greatest encyclical on the mystery of suffering? Although he didn’t die, in some sense he experienced death, because day after day he offered his life for the good of the Church. In a way, he did undergo a daily death on account of the shooting. In all likelihood, even the Parkinson’s was a result of the assassination attempt. It also left Wojtyla feeling even more closely connected with Our Lady of Fatima. He had the bullet set inside Our Lady’s crown in the Cova da Iria.” (69)

The Legacy of Pope John Paul II, the reason for the being of this Pope John Paul II Forum, is a legacy of love of Mary, the mother of God. There is a simple reason for love of Mary according to John Paul II– “The story of every human being is written first of all in the heart of his own mother. No wonder, then, that the same thing was true of the earthly life-story of the Son of God.”

And Pope Benedict XVI said: “we remember . . . [John Paul II] on his knees, his rosary beads in hands, immersed in the contemplation of Christ as he himself invited us to do in his apostolic letter on the rosary.” (found here).

  1. I would say that this Pope, Pope John Paul II was truly a son of GOD. When I go to heaven, which I believe he is there now praying for us,I surely want to thank him for keeping of close to GOD and safe. I think that without that partiular person, the world would be in terrific danger. He might have been the best POPE we ever had in the VATICAN. I pray that he still continues to pray for the world.


  2. I too believe that he is heaven praying for us. He is still feeding his sheep as our Lord instructed Peter after the resurrection and his appearance on the the lake. "Lord, you know that I love you. . . " Feed my sheep, said the Lord

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