A Letter From The Publisher: May 25, 1981

Correspondent Barry Kalb happened to be reading about terrorism in Italy when word reached him at the TIME Rome bureau that Pope John Paul II had been shot in St. Peter's Square. He pieced together the grim sequence of events and then rushed to Gemelli Hospital to pursue reports on the Pope's condition. Says Kalb: "When I had a minute to breathe later that evening, I realized that I had been more saddened than surprised by the fact that someone would shoot the Pope. And that saddened me more than anything else." Rome Bureau...

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