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This Happened

This Happened — May 13: Papal Assassination Attempt

Mehmet Ali Ağca attempted to kill Pope John Paul II on this day in 1981 in St. Peter's Square.

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Who was Mehmet Ali Ağca?

Mehmet Ali Ağca was a Turkish national who was a member of the extremist right-wing organization known as the Grey Wolves.

Why did Mehmet Ali Ağca try to kill Pope John Paul II?

Mehmet Ali Ağca's motive for attempting to assassinate the Pope remains unclear. However, he later claimed that he was acting on orders from God and once hinted that he was following orders of communist agents of the Soviet KGB and Bulgarian secret service.

Was Pope John Paul II injured in the assassination attempt?

Pope John Paul II was shot four times by Mehmet Ali Ağca but survived the attack. He underwent surgery and spent several weeks in the hospital before making a full recovery.

What happened to Mehmet Ali Ağca after the assassination attempt?

Mehmet Ali Ağca was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment in Italy for the attempted assassination of the Pope. He served 19 years in prison before being pardoned by the Italian government in 2000 at the request of the Vatican. Ağca was later extradited to Turkey, where he served additional time in prison for the murder of a journalist. He was released from prison in 2010. Famously, John Paul met with and forgave Ağca two years after the shooting.

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When Racism Poisons Italy's Culinary Scene

This is the case of chef Mareme Cisse, a black woman, who was called a slur after a couple found out that she was the one who would be preparing their meal.

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Mareme Cisse in the kitchen of Ginger People&Food

Caterina Suffici


TURIN — Guess who's not coming to dinner. It seems like a scene from the American Deep South during the decades of segregation. But this happened in Italy, in this summer of 2023.

Two Italians, in their sixties, got up from the restaurant table and left (without saying goodbye, as the owner points out), when they declared that they didn't want to eat in a restaurant where the chef was what they called: an 'n-word.'

Racists, poor things. And ignorant, in the sense of not knowing basic facts. They don't realize that we are all made of mixtures, come from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. And that food, of course, are blends of different ingredients and recipes.

The restaurant is called Ginger People&Food, and these visitors from out of town probably didn't understand that either.

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