Cardinal Giovanni Battista, who was one of the closest collaborators to Pope John Paul still remembers the day on which the Pope was shot. In an afternoon on May 13, 1981, he received a phone call from the Secretary of State. “They called and said: someone has shot the Pope. For us, it was a deep shock. It was unthinkable that someone fired at the Pope.”
While Pope John Paul II was crossing St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, Mehmet Ali Ağca, a man escaped from the Turkish prison for murdering a journalist fired four shots on Pope Francis. The Pope was taken immediately to the hospital. On his way to the hospital he pronounced “Jesus .\.\. my Mother .\.\.”, nothing else, said Dr. Renato Buzzonetti, who was there with the Pope in the ambulance.
Pope John Paul II attributed his healing to Virgin Mary. The Church today celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. It was between May 13 and October 13 in 19917 that Virgin Mary appeared before three Portugal shepherd children and they received apparitions from May.
John Paul had reached Fatima on 2000 May 13 and presented one of the bullets taken out from his body on the crown of Our Lady of Fatima.