Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

Attempted Assassination of John Paul II

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

12:45 pm EDT - 1:45 pm EDT


An Eyewitness Account from David DePerro on the Anniversary of the Shooting

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. 20140513_JPIIShooting_Forgive

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”).

Other CIC Events

Intention request

Share your prayer request with the Catholic Information Center. Our team is committed to praying for you.

Show your support

Offer a gift and support the work of the CIC today.

Join the eNewsletter

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Donate Now