Rome memorial for Pope shooting

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Thousands of people have gathered at the Vatican in Rome to mark the 25th anniversary of the attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II.

A statue of the Virgin of Fatima, who the Pope believed saved his life, was flown in from Portugal for a special Mass at St Peter's Basilica.

John Paul was critically wounded when he was shot three times by Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca on 13 May 1981.

A simple marble slab now marks the spot of the shooting in St Peter's Square.

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