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