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Gun Used to Shoot Pope John Paul II to Be Displayed at an Exhibit Next Month

Mar 20, 2014 07:43 AM EDT
The gun that was used to shoot Pope John Paul II in 1981 will be on display at a museum dedicated to the pontiff as a sign of God’s protection of him.
(Photo : Jim McIntosh/Flickr) The gun that was used to shoot Pope John Paul II in 1981 will be on display at a museum dedicated to the pontiff as a sign of God’s protection of him.

The gun that was used to shoot Pope John Paul II in 1981 will be on display at a museum dedicated to the pontiff as a sign of God's protection of him, according to reports.

Pope John Paul II will be proclaimed as a saint on April 27 at the Vatican and the museum is currently preparing a new exhibition for the occasion.

Monsignor Jacek Pietruszka confirmed on Wednesday the news that a lot of people wonder why trained assassin Mehmet Ali Agca who fired a Browning HP 9mm handgun was only able to injure but not kill the late pope in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981.

"We believe that the pope was saved to continue his mission," Pietruszka, the museum's deputy director told the Associated Press. "The gun is a sign of God's providence," he added.

After he was shot, Pope John Paul II spent three weeks at a hospital in Rome to recover from injuries in his abdomen and massive loss of blood.

The gun, which is on a three-year lease from Rome's penal authorities, along with a replica of the bullet will be among the "witnesses" to a moment in the pope's life that will be documented at the multi-media museum in John Paul's childhood home in Wadowice, southern Poland.

An exhibit was also offered by the hospital where the pope recovered at but details of the display were not disclosed, Petruszka confirmed.

The small exhibition currently on going at the late pope's childhood home will be open until this week to give room to the much bigger museum that will reopen this coming April 9.

Pope John Paul II pardoned the assassin which resulted to his being released from prison in 2010.

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