|Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish terrorist, shot Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981. Originally he claimed to be a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, but they stated that he had no ties with them.
Later he said he was part of a conspiracy assisted by Bulgaria, which was
pressured by the KGB to assassinate the pope because of his support of Poland's Solidarity movement. To date, no definite conclusion has been reached as to the actual motive. Agca is current serving a life sentence in Italy.