“I would like to delve into history, recent but nonetheless important, for certain events concerning the date of 13 May 1981,” began Bishop Stanislaw Dziwisz in his remarks to the Catholic University of Dublin. “They are deeply impressed on my heart and only today have I mustered the courage to speak of them publicly. I know that it is impossible to tell the whole story or to understand it fully. Nonetheless, I consider them worth recalling.

“I hope that mentioning the details of those events, generally unknown, will serve not so much to satisfy curiosity but above all to help us see how the Holy Father's life was truly saved by a wonderful grace of God, for which we must be constantly grateful.”