Pope John Paul II. Attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II. Hand of Terrorist points gun at Pope.
Special Cancellation on Special Envelope
|Description||Pope John Paul II (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) was the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 until his death in 2005. Born in Poland, John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI in the 16th century and the second-longest-serving pope after Pius IX in modern history.
On 13 May 1981, in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, Pope John Paul II was shot and wounded by Mehmet Ali Ağca while he was entering the square. The Pope was struck four times and suffered severe blood loss. Ağca was apprehended immediately and later sentenced to life in prison by an Italian court. The Pope later forgave Ağca for the assassination attempt. He was pardoned by Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi at the Pope’s request and was deported to Turkey in June 2000.
Themes: Pope John Paul II | Attempted assassination
Stamp Sc. 1399 – Italian Red Cross
Vatican Limited Edition series – 279
|Used/Unused||Special Cancellation – Roma, 13.05.1981|