But his motives for shooting John Paul II have remained a mystery shrouded in multiple conspiracy theories.
John Paul II publicly apologized for the sins of his priests and called for greater attention to alleged victims.
John Paul II told the European Union at the time that it was “a beacon of civilization.”
Popes John XXIII, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI were phenomenal friends of the world Jewish community and Israel.
Kertzer credits John Paul II with opening the files on the Pius XI papacy, in 2002, which made him decide to embark upon the book.
What inspired us Poles most was that, with Reagan and John Paul II, she was a deeply moral politician.
For another, the last time the cardinals gathered to elect a pope, it was amid the euphoria of tributes to the late John Paul II.
The persecution of European Jews was indeed, as John Paul II noted in 1995, “marked by varying degrees of responsibility.”
He was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint by Pope John Paul II in 1981.
In 1981, Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish gunman, shot Pope John Paul II, nearly killing him.