Love and Responsibility, Karol Wojtyla. Farrar Straus Giroux, 319 pages, $15
The Mind of John Paul II, George Huntston Williams. Seabury, 392 pages, $26.95
The Papacy in the Modern World, J. Derek Holmes. Crossroad, 275 pages, $14.95
The Papacy Today, Francis X. Murphy. Macmillan, 269 pages, $13.95
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church, Malachi Martin. Putnam, 336 pages, $14.95
The Pope's Divisions, Peter Nichols. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 382 pages, $16.95
( May 21, 1982) This always was meant to be the most personal of Pope John Paul's pilgrimages. He was going to Portugal to thank Our Lady of Fatima for saving his life just one year ago.
At 5:19 p.m. on May 13, 1981, the bullet of Mehemet Ali Agca rang out around St. Peter's Square; at 5:19 p.m. one year later the pope was lost in silent prayer at the foot of the gold-crowned statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
We do not know what his thoughts were. But some of them can be guessed at from his public statements.
On arrival at Lisbon airport punctually at 1:13 p.m. on May 12, he kissed the rather damp ground of "this noble land of Our Lady." In his speech he said that his coming was "the realization of a long- cherished dream." He had always wanted to see Fatima at firsthand.
That evening he realized his dream. He stood in the square outside the Basilica of Fatima before a vast crowd carrying candles that twinkled more brightly as dusk fell. "I want to share with you a confidence," he said. There was an expectant hush.