In an interview with an Italian TV show, Mehmet Alì Ağca, the Turkish man who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II, said he wants to become a Catholic Priest.
“Here in Turkey, I live as a pensioner, who wasting my time. So I want to make an appeal to Pope Francis: welcome me into the Vatican and I will become a priest.” Ağca said.
He continued saying “After John Paul II visited me in prison, I thought about it, and I studied the Gospel at length. I know the sacred books better than many others. If the pope welcomes me, I’ll be a priest and I will celebrate Mass, if he wants me!”
He also said he wished to travel with Pope Francis in 2017 to Fatima. “I would go to Fatima next year, in May 2017, for the centenary of the Marian apparitions. And there praying, perhaps together with the Pope, Our Lady, my spiritual mother.”
Mehmet Alì Ağca shot and almost killed Pope Saint John Paul II in an assassination attempt on May 13, 1981, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Pope John Paul often credited his survival to the protection of Our Lady of Fatima.
The 58-year-old Mehmet Alì Ağca, however, has a history of making bizarre statements, including claiming to be Christ and writing to Pope John Paul II claiming the world would soon end.