Shortly after his arrival at Manila airport today (Friday 2'th November) from Pakistan, Pope Paul was attacked by a would-be assassin with a knife.
Shortly after his arrival at Manila airport today (Friday 2'th November) from Pakistan, Pope Paul was attacked by a would-be assassin with a knife. The Pope was unharmed, but a Cardinal from South Korea was slightly wounded. Earlier the Pope had made a short stopover in Dacca, East Pakistan, where he spoke with President Yahya Khan and expressed his concern for victims of the tidal wave disaster.
Thousands of Filipinos were at Manila Airport to welcome the Pope as he arrived from East Pakistan. After pausing at the top of the aircraft steps to wave to the crowd, Pope Paul mingled with the crowd which had surged onto the tarmac. He was greeted by President Ferdinand Marcos and then led towards a line of Bishops who waiting to meet him.
As the Pope started to move along the line of clergy, a Bolivian artist disguised as a priest lunged forward brandishing a Moslem cris (knife...with wavy 10" blade). Bishop Anthony Galvin from England pushed the assailant away from the Pope, but not before Cardinal Stephan Kim of Korea was slashed on the arm. During the scuffle the Filipino President delivered a karate chop to the man...later named as Benjamin Mendoza Amor... and security men moved in.
Unhurt, but visibly shaken, the Pontiff moved on through the crowd to deliver a short arrival speech before joining a motorcade into Manila.
Pope Paul had arrived in the Philippines from Dacca in East Pakistan where he made a brief stopover on Thursday night (26th November) to offer comfort and reassurance to the victims of the recent tidal wave and typhoon.
At Dacca, Pope Paul spoke for some time with President Yahya Khan before reboarding his aircraft. The Pope had amended his tour itinerary at the last moment, in order to visit East Pakistan.