Letters: Jan. 30, 1984

Pope Forgives

To the Editors:

Pope John Paul II's prison visit with his would-be assassin [Jan. 9] demonstrates that the ability to forgive is a rare gift. But as the Pontiff has shown, it is possible. As a result, there is hope in this mad world.

Deborah Voss Chicago

The complexity of forgiveness involves the healing of the forgiver as well as the forgiven. By pardoning Mehmet Ali Agca, the Pope helped mend his own rent feelings. To this extent, forgiveness is both selfish and magnanimous.

James R. Heinrich New Castle, Pa.

Robert Frost was right: "To be social is to be forgiving." Your story analyzed the...

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