updated 01/09/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/09/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST
A hushed jail cell in Rebibbia Prison near Rome was the site of a meeting last week between Pope John Paul II and Mehmet Ali Agca, 25, the Turkish Muslim now serving a life sentence for shooting the Pope in May 1981. The two spoke for 21 minutes. Then Agca knelt and kissed the Pope's ring. Later John Paul, 63, said, "I spoke as to a brother whom I have pardoned and who has my complete trust." The Pope also addressed 500 other inmates, saying he brought to them "the warmth of a friendly word together with the comfort of hope."
Dukes of Dallas
When boxing champ Alexis Argüello picked up his Sportsman of the Decade award at Atlantic City's Sands Hotel & Casino, he met Dallas stars Chris Atkins and Morgan Brittany, both of whom are fight fans. Argüello, 31, who retired last September, now plans to return to his Nicaraguan homeland to join rebel forces fighting the Sandinista government. "It will be," he predicts, "the fight of my life."
Cornelia Guest, the debutante of the '80s, turned 20 last month. To celebrate, her mother, C.Z., the socialite and gardening columnist, threw a bash at New York's Studio 54 for 350 close friends, including Bianca Jagger, Cheryl Tiegs and designer Halston, who did Cornelia's white silk organza tunic. Cornelia has said she wants to make a hit record and win a Best Actress Oscar when she grows up.