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Rest in peace, Karol Wojtyla...

Rest in peace, Karol Wojtyla...

The image of him forgiving his would-be assasin, Mehemet Ali Agca, will forever be one of the iconic images of Christ's love in my head.



Time Magazine wrote back then:

"For 21 minutes, the Pope sat with his would-be assassin. The two talked softly. Once or twice Agca laughed. At the end of the meeting, Agca either kissed the Pope's ring, or pressed the Pope's hand to his forehead in a Muslim gesture of respect. John Paul's words were intended for Agca alone. 'What we talked about will have to remain a secret between him and me. I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and who has my complete trust.' It was a startling drama of forgiveness and reconciliation. On one level, it was an intensely intimate conversation between two men. But if the Pope spoke in whispers, he also meant to proclaim a message to the world. The Pope's deed spoke, not his words, and it spoke with full authority."
He was a good man, and Christendom lost a great voice for the Kingdom of God, it's peace and it's justice today.
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