The Devine Plan

SKU: 9781610171540
Paul Kengor and Robert Orlando


“John Paul II and Ronald Reagan both understood that they were preserved through this suffering for a high purpose.

And I don’t think you’ll understand either one of them without understanding that.”

—Bishop Robert Barron in The Divine Plan

Just six weeks apart in the spring of 1981, Pope John Paul II and President ­Ronald Reagan took bullets from would-be assassins. 

Few realized at the time how close both men came to dying. 

Surviving these near-death experiences created a singular bond between the pope and the president that ­historians have failed to appreciate. 

When John Paul II and Reagan met only a year later, they confided to each other a shared conviction: that God had spared their lives for a ­reason. 

That reason? To defeat Communism. 

In private, Reagan had a name for this: “The DP”—the Divine Plan.