The man who shot Pope John Paul II nearly 29 years ago at St. Peter’s Square was set free today in Turkey.
Mehmet Ali Agca was released from a prison on the outskirts of Ankara and taken away in a motorcade.
In 1983, two years after his incarceration, the pontiff visited Agca and forgave him for the shooting.
Yet, authorities are unsure what motivated the assassination attempt. Agca, said to be mentally unstable, told reporters today that he is a messenger of God and that the world will end this century.
Should Agca have been imprisoned for the rest of his life?
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