Tuesday, May 13, 2014
12:45 pm EDT - 1:45 pm EDT
Minutes after shaking the Pope’s hand, nine-year-old David DePerro heard firecrackers—an odd sound. But they weren’t firecrackers—they were gunshots, and the white open car carrying John Paul II rushed past the shocked and confused boy. The Pope had been shot. May 13th is the is the 33rd anniversary of the shooting.
About David DePerro
David lived with his family in Germany when, on a trip to Rome, he witnessed the assassination attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II. He was only a few feet from the Pope when gunshots rang out.
The Pope’s message of mercy has deeply affected David, who was inspired by the Pope’s forgiveness of his attacker.
After a career in information technology, David DePerro recently turned to work as a filmmaker, writer, and publicist. He won numerous awards for his behind-the-scenes documentary film “Behind the Promises: The Making of Settled.” He is the publicist for actor Josh Murray (“Killing Lincoln,” “Alone Yet Not Alone”).
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