The Emanuela Orlandi Case: Ali Agca and the Trail of the Gray Wolves

Source: FSSPX News

Le pape Jean-Paul II avec Mehmet Ali Agca

A recent letter addressed to the Holy Father by the repentant terrorist who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981, serves to deepen further the mystery of the unexplained disappearance on June 22, 1983 of the daughter of a couple who are employees of the Vatican.

The name of Ali Agça has been linked to the Orlandi affair since the beginning, when the family received, at the end of June 1983, a series of anonymous calls claiming that the girl was being held hostage by a group—the Gray Wolves—and demanding the release of the terrorist who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981, in St. Peter's Square.

On August 5, 2019, the German religious news site Kathpress claimed to have knowledge of a letter sent by Ali Agça to the sovereign pontiff. The repentant terrorist, who sets himself up as a “spiritual brother of the Polish pope,” tells Pope Francis that Emanuela Orlandi would be held cloistered in a convent, and that “the Vatican has a moral duty to do everything it can to return Manuela to her family.”

However, the recent testimony of the repentant terrorist, now 61 years old, is to be taken with great caution—remember the contradictory versions that Ali Agca had given as reasons for the attack against John Paul II—the Orlandi mystery, as for him, remains intact.