Greene's True Colors by Franklin Freeman

Book Review

Greene's
True Colours

The Life of Graham Greene; Volume III: 1955–1991 by Norman Sherry

Viking, 2004
(906 pages; $39.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Franklin Freeman

In 1949, Graham Greene, after an audience with Pope Pius XII, visited a Franciscan monastery with his mistress, Catherine Walston, where he heard Padre Pio say Mass. Pio’s stigmata “profoundly moved” him and he lost “the sense of time” during Mass, yet when, through a messenger, Pio invited Greene to meet him, his reaction was, “I didn’t want to change my life by meeting a saint. I felt that there was a good cha . . .