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 chance that he was one. He had a great peace about him.” Nevertheless, Greene at eighty years old still carried Padre Pio’s picture in his wallet.

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Franklin Freeman is a freelance writer living in Saco, Maine, with his wife and four children.

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