Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after two decades as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Fr. David Telemond, a troubled young priest who befriends him. Once at the Vatican, he is immediately given an audience with the Pope, who elevates him to Cardinal Priest. The world is on the brink of war due to a Chinese-Soviet feud made worse by a famine caused by trade restrictions brought against China by the U.S. When the Pontiff suddenly dies, Lakota's genuine character and unique life experience move the College of Cardinals to elect him as the new Pope. But Pope Kiril I must now deal with his own self-doubt, the struggle of his friend Fr. Telemond who is under scrutiny for his beliefs, and find a solution to the crisis in China. Written by
In a last desperate effort to prevent World War III, one man is chosen to succeed where all the world's leaders have failed. That man was once a prisoner in a Russian labor camp. He is now the Pope.
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Did You Know?
Two unlikely papal events (having not occurred for many centuries) are depicted, which would come to pass in reality within a generation. A new pope is not only not Italian for the first time in over 450 years, but also from Eastern Europe; this came true in 1978 with the election of John Paul II from Poland. The pope decides to be known by a completely new papal name, Kiril (or Cyril), which had not happened since Pope Lando in AD 913; in March 2013 (1,100 years later) Jorge Bergoglio ascended to the papacy and took the new name Francis. See more
A map of Indo-China labelled in Cyrillic, which can be seen in the movie's trailer, appears to have the word Kambodzha, the Russian for Cambodia, written over the country of Laos. See more
I saw a brilliant mind reaching out to last frontiers of thought, a place where I wouldn't venture.
Referenced in Lionpower from MGM