Our Lady of Fatima & Saint John Paul II – assassination attempt now 40 years ago

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When Mehmet Ali Ağca , Soviet puppet, pulled the trigger, our Lady of Fatima redirected the bullets. Saint John Paul II survived.

Where were you at the time?

I was a seminarian and was at the Shrine of our Lady of Fatima just outside of Rome, looking back at the City. The panorama is burned in my mind. This brings back many memories.

This was just five years after I had the privilege to be one of the Cadets of our Lady of Fatima who were chosen to help carry her statue for the main candlelight procession during the vigil of the July apparition, the night of 12 July, 1976, amidst a crowd of 2.1 to 2.2 million souls, when I was sixteen years old. My sister had introduced me to the scapular and rosary and the Blue Army when I was only six. She’s the one who paid for the trip when I was sixteen. I thank her for the great Catholic formation I received on this pilgrimage with Father Robert J Fox. Anyway, on that same trip with many other cadets, we went to Coimbra and met Sister Lucia. Years later I would return to Fatima in 2008 with all my fellow permanent chaplains of the Sanctuaries of Lourdes, France. Much was the same. Much had also changed.

The one who throughout the years kept me close to our Lady of Fatima was Pope Saint John Paul II. The nations rage, but Mary Immaculate’s Son is the Lord of History.

Do you remember where were you at the time of the attempt? Have you been to Fatima? Do you belong to the World Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima (Blue Army)?


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2 responses to “Our Lady of Fatima & Saint John Paul II – assassination attempt now 40 years ago

  1. Fr. John

    I was in one of my last classes in high school. I would later that year go on a youth pilgrimage with Fr. Robert J. Fox (R.I.P.) to Fatima and Rome where we would greet St. John Paul II at the hospital. It was a time I will cherish forever. I attribute my own vocation to Our Lady of Fatima.

  2. Aussie Mum

    I don’t remember exactly where I was when the attempt was made on the life of St John Paul II, only that it happened during the time I was living in a rural town raising daughters (the boys weren’t born yet). A picture of Our Lady appearing to the Three Children of Fatima was on the mantle shelf as it has been for the past 50 years and beside it a picture of Pope John Paul II added in the early 1980s. They seemed to belong together.

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