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The late Pope John Paul II was stabbed by a priest in Portugal in 1982, almost one year to the day after the shooting attempt on his life in St. Peter’s Square, according to a new film. The revelation appears in Testimony, which premiered October 16 in Rome, to an audience that included Pope Benedict XVI. The stabbing occurred May 12, 1982, in Fatima, Portugal, when John Paul was attacked by an ultratraditionalist Spanish priest, Juan Maria Fernández Krohn, who opposed the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. John Paul was in Fatima on a pilgrimage to thank the Madonna of the famous shrine there for sparing his life after Mehmet Ali Agca of Turkey shot him on May 13, 1981. Until the appearance of the new film, which is based on a memoir by the late pontiff’s longtime secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, it was believed that John Paul had escaped from the second incident unscathed.

 

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