Former Pope John Paul II could have been assassinated twice in PolandFebruary 17th, 2009 - 8:17 pm ICT by ANI
Warsaw (Poland), Feb.17 (ANI): The late Pope John Paul II was the subject of two assassination plots in his native Poland a senior member of the Polish Catholic Church has claimed. Many believe that the man who made an assassination attempt on John Paul II in 1981was working on the orders of Bulgarian secret service. Zdzislaw Krol, chancellor of Warsaw Metropolitan Curia, said the late pontiff faced plots against his life during his 1983 and 1987 pilgrimages to Poland.
Before the start of the 1987 pilgrimage, the Church received information from a woman of a plan to kill the pope during his visit to the town of Czestochowa, a focal point of Polish Catholicism.
Taking the information seriously, the Church passed the information on to the Communist authorities and a Bulgarian suspect was arrested.
According to Father Krol, information on the other plot came from a source in the Austrian embassy, who alleged that three Germans linked to the left-wing terrorist group, the Red Brigade, had managed to get into Poland, and intended to murder the pope at an open-air mass in Warsaw.
The Telegraph reports that the revelations came just days after a historian claimed that Poland’’s Communist authorities may have foiled a plot to kill John Paul on his 1987 pilgrimage after they had received a letter in which the author said he would “shoot the pope in the head”. (ANI)
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