of Pope John Paul II and Virgin Mary-
Summary of the eRumor: A recently released picture of Pope John Paul
II being embraced by the Virgin Mary supposedly taken at the time of his
attack on May 13, 1981. The picture is said to have been taken by
one of his body guards. Some versions of this eRumor include a
prayer and request to forward this to all your friends to encourage
prayer in the world.
On May 13, 1981, Pope John
Paul II was shot as he arrived in St. Peter's Square to speak to the
people who had gathered there. The pope was critically wounded but
survived after surgery and a long recovery. The gunman was apprehended
in the square and sentenced to life in prison.
TruthOrFiction.com contacted professor Joaquín Navarro-Valls, who is
quoted in the eRumor as authenticating the picture. He said the
photograph in the eRumor was not in any way released by the Vatican nor
was it taken - as is implied in some other web sites - by any of the
security people close John Paul II on the day the pope was shot.
We found a similar image claimed to be from a stained glass window of
Pope John Paul II and Our Lady of Czestochowa at the Florida residence
of Bishop Thomas Wenski.
It is so similar to the photo in the eRumor that one wonders whether it
was the inspiration for it. Bishop Wenski was appointed coadjutor
bishop of the Diocese of Orlando July 1, 2003 by Pope John Paul II. We
are awaiting a call back from Bishop's office.
Stained glass window in Bishop
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
What an amazing picture!!!!
We don't know why John Paul II wanted to hide this
picture for years. The Vatican published this picture recently, for
first time. This picture was taken by one of his security guards just
when the Pope was attacked and was falling down in his pope mobile. U
can see the pain in his face.
Joaquin Navarro Valls, who is the one spokesman from
The Vatican, said that they made a lot of studies for years of this
incredible picture and of course about the quality of the developing of
the picture because when it was developed nobody could see very well
because the image was
not clear. Finally, and after so many controls and being looking and
checking by all the experts in photography (around the world), they
decided that there were no tricks in it and today they give us this
beautiful gift from our Mother of God.
You can see the Mother of God holding John Paul II in
her arms. Beautiful right?