Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after twenty years as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Father 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 Father Telemond, who is under scrutiny for his beliefs, and find a solution to the crisis in China.
A modern-day story of faith, courage and intrigue!
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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 four hundred fifty 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 913 A.D. In March 2013, Jorge Bergoglio ascended to the papacy and took the new name Francis. See more
Kiril Lakota is often identified as a Russian, when in fact he is an Ukrainian, a different ethnic group. Ukraine was then part of the Soviet Union. During the Cold War, Westerners - especially Americans - typically referred to the Soviet Union as "Russia" and did not distinguish between various nationalities within the Soviet Union, referring to all of them as "Russians." See more
Fr. David Telemond
The doctors, they don't know anything. They're like the auto-mechanics.
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