Patrick Novecosky: Pope John Paul II assassination attempt – the secrets behind shooting 40 years ago

Forty years ago on Thursday, the world reeled in horror as news broke that a gunman had shot Pope John Paul II at point-blank range in St. Peter’s Square.

It was May 13, 1981. Cold War tensions were at their height.

The shooting was even more shocking because only six weeks earlier John Hinckley Jr. had tried to kill President Ronald Reagan, critically wounding the 40th president in Washington, D.C 

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