Episodes: 10 (hour)
Performers include: Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, Javier Cámara, Scott Shepherd, Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli, and James Cromwell.
TV show description:
This historical drama series tells the controversial story of the beginning of Pius XIII’s pontificate.
Born Lenny Belardo, Pope Pius XIII (Jude Law) is the former Archbishop of New York. He is a complex and conflicted character who’s so conservative in his choices as to border on obscurantism. Yet, he’s also full of compassion towards the weak and poor.
Newly elected, he defies expectations as he settles in at the Vatican to begin his reign. The youngest and first American pope in history, Lenny’s ascension was orchestrated by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello (Silvio Orlando).
Voiello mistakenly believed that the young pope would follow his lead on policy and protocol. Instead, Lenny shuns Voiello and tasks his confessor, Don Tommaso (Marcello Romolo), to share details on the private thoughts and motives of those in his inner circle.
Meanwhile, as Cardinal Spencer (James Cromwell), Lenny’s onetime mentor, stews about being passed over as pontiff, the new pope flies in Sister Mary (Diane Keaton) to serve as his chief advisor. She raised him since he was delivered to an orphanage at seven.
While Sister Mary urges Lenny to put aside dark memories and focus on leading his billion followers, the young pope shows no inclination towards making himself available, either to the College of Cardinals or to the masses.
Episode #10 — Tenth Episode
Reunited with a changed Gutierrez at the Vatican, the pope considers an appropriate course of action regarding Archbishop Kurtwell. Father Tomasso gets a promotion, while Sister Mary takes on a new role. The prospect of a reconciliation leads the young pope to make an unexpected change of travel plans – and policy.
First aired: February 13, 2017.
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