May 13, 1981
I have just received the shocking news of the attack on you. All Americans join me in hopes and prayers for your speedy recovery from the injuries you have suffered in the attack. Our prayers are with you.
Note: The White House announced that on hearing of the shooting incident, the President spoke by telephone with Terence Cardinal Cooke, Archbishop of New York. The President expressed the sorrow of the American people and his personal concern and prayers for the Pope.