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2006-05-13 10:51:39

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - The Vatican marked the 25th anniversary of the near-fatal assassination attempt on Pope John Paul on Saturday, holding a mass to commemorate one of the most notorious and mysterious crimes of the last century. Italy's most senior cardinal, Camillo Ruini, was due to lead the service giving thanks for the life of the late Pontiff who believed he was spared death by the direct intervention of the Virgin Mary. The Vatican has laid a marble plaque on the...

2006-03-02 06:22:53

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Leaders of the former Soviet Union were behind the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II in 1981, an Italian parliamentary investigative commission said in a report. A final draft of the report, which is due to be presented to parliament later this month, was made available to Reuters on Thursday by the commission president, Senator Paolo Guzzanti. "This commission believes, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the leadership of the Soviet...

2006-01-21 04:29:23

ANKARA (Reuters) - The Supreme Court's decision to return the man who shot Pope John Paul II to prison shows that the Turkish legal system works and is able to correct its errors, Turkey's justice minister said on Saturday. The Justice Ministry had appealed a lower court's decision to release Mehmet Ali Agca from prison on January 12 after he had served more than 25 years behind bars in Italy and Turkey. His release had triggered widespread criticism from the Turkish government and...

2006-01-20 11:35:39

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, must return to jail after Turkey's Supreme Court said on Friday it had overturned a decision to release him. The Justice Ministry had appealed against the move to release Agca from prison last week after he had served more than 25 years behind bars in Italy and Turkey.

2006-01-12 02:38:25

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, was released from a Turkish jail on Thursday escorted by police. Turkish media said he was being taken to a military recruitment center for medical checks prior to doing his compulsory military service. Agca served 19 years in an Italian prison for the assassination attempt before being pardoned at the Pope's behest in 2000. He was then extradited to Turkey to serve a separate sentence in an Istanbul...

2006-01-08 14:10:10

ANKARA (Reuters) - Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot and seriously wounded Pope John Paul II in 1981, will be freed from prison this month, the Anatolian state news agency said on Sunday. Agca served 19 years in Italy for the assassination attempt before being pardoned at the Pope's behest in 2000. He was then extradited to Turkey to serve a separate sentence in an Istanbul jail for robbery and murder. "Agca is expected to be released between January 10 and January 15," Anatolian...