Priest reveals foiled assassination plots against John Paul II

18th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Father Zdzislaw Krol told Poland's commercial Religia.tv that prior to the pope's 1987 visit a woman informed him that an attempt to assassinate the pontiff was possible.

Warsaw -- Two foiled assassination plots against the late Polish-born pope John Paul II were uncovered during his visits to Poland in the 1980s, according to a Polish priest who organised those historic visits.

Father Zdzislaw Krol told Poland's commercial Religia.tv that prior to the pope's 1987 visit a woman informed him that an attempt to assassinate the pontiff was possible.

"The husband or partner of this woman, a Bulgarian who worked as a waiter in a hotel restaurant, had travel plans that were drawn up for the pope during his visit to Czestochowa as well as train tickets," Krol said.

After talking with the woman, the priest spoke to police who detained the man in question.

Krol also said he acquired information about a separate failed assassination plot when John Paul II visited his native country in 1983, during a mass celebrated by the pontiff in Warsaw.

Krol claims he was contacted by "a person from the Austrian embassy" who said that three fugitives from a German prison linked to the Italian Red Brigade far-left militant organisation were in Poland and were planning an assassination.

According to an historian who also participated in the Religia.tv broadcast, the alleged assassination plots could have been "set up" by Poland's then communist secret police (SB).

Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla became the first Pole to be elected the head of the Roman Catholic Church in 1978. In 1981 he survived an assassination attempt in the Vatican's St. Peter's Square by Turkish assassin Mehmet Ali Agca.

AFP/Expatica

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