Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, wants to convert to Christianity, according to his lawyer. Agca, seen in 2000, served 19 years in an Italian prison for the attack on the pontiff. He’s currently in prison in Turkey for killing a journalist, a slaying that came before the attack on the pope. He is due to be released at the start of next year.
ANKARA, Turkey May 13 — The gunman who shot Pope John Paul II says he would like to convert to Christianity at a baptism ceremony at the Vatican after his release from prison in January.
The location of the shooting, marked by a stone tablet, in St. Peter’s Square Location St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City Date 13 May 1981 Target Pope John Paul II Attack type Shooting Weapon(s) Browning Hi-Power Injured 3 Perpetrator Mehmet Ali Ağca (Grey Wolves)
In comments relayed by his lawyer on Wednesday, Mehmet Ali Agca also says he wants to visit the grave of Pope John Paul II, meet with Pope Benedict XVI and produce a television documentary on the Vatican.