Journalist John McCaffery may have been Padre Pio's closest English-speaking friend. Eyewitness to Padre Pio's great work, miracles, and personality, McCaffery passed away shortly after writing this book. His daughters authorized and encouraged the translation and dissemination of this work in Portuguese. On the occasion of the first publication of this book in English, US Catholic magazine wrote: "McCaffery, a teacher, writer and businessman, recounts his friendship with the extraordinary priest and several stories he played. McCaffery visited Father Pio for the first time. as a total skeptic, but became his devotee instantly. "