30 years ago today, John Paul II was shot, and accredited his survival to Our Lady of Fatima
The Holy Father credited Our Lady of Fatima with preventing the bullets from piercing his main abdominal artery. Blessed John Paul II went on to say: “One hand fired, another guided the bullet.”
The Pope forgave Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish sniper who attempted to kill him, without hesitation:
“I pray for that brother of ours who shot me, and whom I have sincerely pardoned. United with Christ, Priest and Victim, I offer my sufferings for the Church and for the world. To you, Mary, I repeat: 'Totus tuus ergo sum.'" (I am all yours).