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Friday, 3 November, 2000, 11:35 GMT
Vatican pressure on Graham Greene revealed

New evidence has come to light about the troubled relations between the Vatican and the late British author, Graham Greene.

Letters unearthed in the United States reveal that the Vatican's Holy Office formerly the Inquisition tried to put pressure on Greene to change one of his most successful novels, The Power and the Glory.

The author intended the book, about a whisky-addicted priest in Mexico, to show the power and glory of God despite man's wretchedness.

But the Vatican accused him of injuring the Catholic priesthood.

Greene, a devout Catholic, was deeply upset -- his friend and fellow novelist Evelyn Waugh called the Vatican's denunciation a vile misreading of a noble book.

But many years later Pope Paul VI told Greene during a private audience that some parts of his work would always offend some Catholics, and he should pay no attention to the Vatican's condemnation.

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