"One of Jesus' most essential teachings is that of forgiving "seventy times seven," and the Pope preached this message tirelessly. He also practiced it, and taught millions by his example.
On May 13, 1981, he was surprised by a gunman in St. Peter's Square and shot twice at near point-blank range. Narrowly surviving, he later visited his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in prison and personally assured him that he had forgiven him."
From this tribute -- Remembering Pope John Paul II -- from the Bruderhoff Community.