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Agca goes free, declares “I am the Christ eternal”

It happened this morning in Turkey:

Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II in 1981, was released from a Turkish prison on Monday proclaiming that he was “the Christ eternal” after serving jail terms totaling 29 years.

Under heavy guard and with his car flanked by a huge convoy of reporters and television crews, Mr. Agca, 52, was driven to a Turkish military hospital to be assessed for military service, which is compulsory in Turkey.

Wearing a blue sweater, Mr. Agca looked tense in images taken by photographers through the darkened windows of his car.


Mr. Agca shot the pope on May 13, 1981, in St. Peter’s Square, wounding him in the stomach, left hand and right arm. Two years later, the pope visited Mr. Agca in a an Italian prison and offered forgiveness.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Monday he had no comment on the freeing of Mr. Agca.

With his release from prison — he served 10 years in Turkey after 19 years imprisonment in Italy — Mr. Agca is reported to be considering an array of multi-million dollar offers to tell his story. But there have long been questions about his mental condition.

Gokayi Gultekin, Mr. Agca’s lawyer, said in a telephone interview before his release that Mr. Agca had already been found unfit for military service because of his “severe anti-social character.”


In a statement made public outside the prison at Sincan on the outskirts of Ankara on Monday, Mr. Agca declared: “I proclaim the end of the world. All the world will be destroyed in this century. Every human being will die in this century.”

“I am the Christ eternal,” the statement said. “The gospel is full of mistakes, I will write the perfect gospel.”

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posted January 18, 2010 at 9:38 am

He is either crazy or he is pretending to be crazy for some ulterior motive. Agca’s shots shortened the life of the pope and left him with serious sequels. It is a crazy world when he is allowed to go free. Of course the pope forgave him, but is justice served?

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Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

posted January 18, 2010 at 10:16 am

God have mercy. And if JPII is to be a saint, maybe a miracle can be worked here. No – to all who may wonder – I am not being snarky.

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posted January 18, 2010 at 11:14 am

He served his time. Who can ever say whether justice has been served?
That being said… I think a very close eye needs to be kept on this guy. He sounds like a ticking bomb.

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timmy baugh

posted January 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm

remember, the all just is the final word on justice. we cant expect any earthly justice to approach the perfection with which God will look into our hearts and render unto each of us. he did the crime, did the time, and ought to be able to sleep outside of imprisonment for a while. i agree he needs to be closely monitored

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William Karabinus

posted January 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I do not think “Justice” is any longer an issue here, this man was/is very disturbed and most likely should have been kept under lock and key.

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posted January 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm

…proclaiming that he was “the Christ eternal”…
Perhaps this is why JPII visited; he didn’t want to hear those dreaded words, “depart from me ye accursed into…for I was in prison and you didn’t visit me…”
As for the end of century destruction prognostication, this century is still relatively young.  Even though the son of Man might not know the hour, he could still know the day, week, year, decade, or something more precise than this century (I mean c’mon, through us a bone here!).  Extremely disappointing to say the least, but that’s why I always tune in to Jack & Rexella Van Impe for more precise foresight (and a thick dose of entertainment to boot 😉  Hal Lindsey’s something of a letdown (too many endtimes).

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posted January 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm

i don’t get it. this man was jailed in turkey for successfully murdering someone. then he tried to kill the pope. why is someone like this who kills people even allowed out of jail at all? he should just be put away for good.

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posted January 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I’m thinking the Vatican will keep an eye on this man.
Obviously, HE IS disturbed. Sounds like he cant/wont function in society much at all. Chances are he’ll be picked up by an organization or ‘helping house’ and live out his life quietly.I wonder if we’ll hear much about him at all. Probably better that way.

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posted January 19, 2010 at 12:10 am

I would suggest – give Mr. Agca paper and pen to write his gospel. After spending so many years in prison, he may be a different person; he may have meditated on so many issues and most important – here was no one he could talk to. So let him spend the rest of his life writng his ‘gospel’.
If you let him on his own he can be misused or he himself cn misuse his freedom.
servus mariae

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posted January 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm

The man had 30 years to do it. Most likely, he will be plotting out his next victim.

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