I don’t know about you but I love for my Messiah to rob, murder and shoot pontiff’s. Okay not really, I was just seeing if you were awake. Pope gunman Mehmet Ali Agca was released from prison after serving 29 years behind bars. Agca still claims to be “the Christ eternal”, and says that the world will end in this century. There’s a safe prediction if I ever heard one. Even if he’s wrong he won’t be around for the criticism of being wrong.

In 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot in Rome while driving through St. Peters Square. The alleged lone gunman, and I say alleged that he was alone not that he was guilty, Mehmet Ali Agca was caught just shortly after the shooting. The Vatican has not commented nor are they expected to on the release of the Pope gunman.

Mehmet Ali Agca is what one would call a “colorful guy.” He was convicted of murder in 1979 for killing a Turkish journalist. He escaped from prison only to be captured two years later after trying to assassinate Pope John Paul II. He was extradited to Turkey where he has spent the last 29 years in prison. Oh, and did I mention he also was wanted for robberies committed in Turkey in 1979?

The Pope gunman met with reporters shortly after leaving prison and told them he would meet with them in three days time. Then he gave them the dire proclamation that the world would end within this century. He had previously been to a military hospital directly from prison where he was deemed unfit for mandatory military service. Ya think?

Pope John Paul II met with Agca in 1983 and forgave him for the shooting. I only hope that the Pope gunman Mehmet Ali Agca forgives the rest of us for allowing him to spend almost 30 years in jail and doesn’t destroy the world before we’re old enough to care. And of course expect the usual book and movie deals.