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Agca says he’s now a Catholic

Stranger things have happened. But reports from Italy say the man who attempted to assassinate the pope has converted to Catholicism.

From the website CathNews:

In a letter written from a Turkish prison, Mehmet Ali Agca, author of the failed attempt against Pope John Paul II in 1981, claims to have renounced Islam and embraced the Catholic faith.


Italian weekly Diva e people donna published the letter, French journal 7s7 reports.

“I am looking for an Italian woman, who wants to correspond with me. Obviously (I hope) she is Catholic because from May 13 2007, I decided to renounce the Muslim faith and becoming a member of the Roman Catholic Church,” Agca writes.

“I have decided to return peacefully to the (St Peter’s) square and to testify to the world of my conversion to Catholicism,” he says in the letter written in Italian.

You can find more at the CathNews link.

PHOTO:  by AP/Arturo Mari

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posted April 30, 2009 at 5:32 pm

This morning I was reading a review for the book: A Life With Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship With the Man Who Became Pope”, by Stanislaw Dziwisz. It included the following quote:”When he visited his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in prison to give him his forgiveness, he was saddened by Agca’s reply: ‘I know I was aiming right. I know that the bullet was a killer. So why aren’t you dead?’ Years later, he mentioned with concern that Agca had ‘never once’ said the words forgive me.”

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Mr Flapatap

posted April 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm

I guess my previous comment may have come out the wrong way, my point is that it would be amazing if that conversion were to be sincere.

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posted May 1, 2009 at 1:18 am

Mr Flapatap, do not see a previous comment. I think some do not get posted. Wish more were posted as I hate censorship, even on a blog, when they are simply a matter of argument and opinion. If they contain statements filled with vile language, cut them out, but somehow, I like to see some good give and take on issues.On this issue, My first thought is that must condemn this guy to death according to that peaceful Islamic faith so we should assume if he returns to St Peters that there might be someone waiting to kill him How ironic that would be if this unfolded? Never wishing for it, but it would be ironic.

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Ron King

posted May 1, 2009 at 7:50 am

John Paul II lived the faith as it should be lived and his union with God on earth is an example that I charish. He went to those who hated him and wanted to kill him. He invited Gorbachev to Rome and met with him.The Grace of God is beautiful and unimaginable and His message seems to say that He desires all of His creatures to come to Him.In my work I was told a true story last summer. A woman I know told me that when she was young her parents were friends with a mean atheist alcoholic and his wife. The alcoholic and spouse moved away about 20 years ago but her parents reconnected with them during the summer of ’08.Her parents told her he has totally changed. The alcoholic related to them that he died in April of ’05 and had been pronounced dead for 20 minutes after doctors stopped working on him. During that time he stated that he was surrounded by a white light and heard singing that made him feel joy and love that he never knew was possible nor could words describe.From the light appeared John Paul II and he came to this man and gave him a blessing. Immediately after being blessed the man came back to life. When he was able to talk in recovery he told people there caring for him what had happened. They told him that John Paul II had died that same day.For the last 3 years all he states is “I love that Pope.”Me too.

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steve p

posted May 1, 2009 at 9:35 am

How sad that we want to jump in and question the sincerity of someone’s conversion! Have we been paying attention to the stories proclaimed at Mass in this Easter Season?And what does Mr. Agca have to gain in the world’s eyes from his conversion?The talk with JPII was 27 YEARS AGO! Isn’t it possible God has been working on him all that time? I know He’s been working on me, and I’m grateful for it!

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posted May 2, 2009 at 1:01 am

I am just interested to watch how Islam handles this very public conversion which again condems one to death according to their faith.

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Ron King

posted May 2, 2009 at 8:50 am

Greta, Why don’t you just thank God for this man’s conversion?Steve, Thank you for the only response that we as Catholics should have who truly love and see the mystical working of God’s Love throughtout humanity.

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posted May 3, 2009 at 5:08 pm

This guy is aparently a few sandwiches shy of a picnic so time will only tell if his conversion is real or not.

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