There were three assassination attempts on John Paul II. In 2006, an Italian parliamentary commission concluded that the Soviet Union was behind one of the attempts because of the Pope’s support for the Solidarity movement in Poland.
Their ascension to grace was jumpstarted in 1982 when Pope John Paul II unexpectedly elevated them to a "personal prelature of the Pope," officially sanctioning all of their practices.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
Possession of the Shroud is said to be the real motive behind the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican—an attempt that failed only because the Viper had already died in a horror helicopter crash and been reborn as a freckle-faced girl in Iowa.