Young and charming, newly elected Pius XIII, aka Lenny Belardo, is the first American Pope in history. His ascension appears to be the result of a simple, effective media strategy implemented by the College of Cardinals. In the Vatican, however, the prevailing wisdom is the church's leaders have chosen a mysterious figure as their guiding force. And Pius XIII proves to be the most mysterious and contradictory of them all. As Belardo begins his reign, he is stubbornly resistant to the Vatican stewards, instead relying on Sister Mary to serve as his chief adviser. While she urges him to focus on leading his billion followers, the young pope shows little interest in making himself known, either to the College of Cardinals or to the masses. The 10-episode drama series stars Jude Law in the title role and Diane Keaton as Sister Mary, a nun from the U.S. now living in Vatican City.
The pictures shown during the opening titles are: 'Adoration of the Shepherds' (1622) by Gerard van Honthorst, 'Delivery of the Keys' (1482) by Perugino, 'Conversion on the Way to Damascus' (1601) by Caravaggio, an icon representing the First Council of Nicaea, 'Peter the Hermit Riding a White Mule with a Crucifix in His Hand and Circulating Through the Cities and Villages Preaching the Crusade' (1827-29) by Francesco Hayez, 'Stigmata of St. Francis' (ca. 1420) by Gentile da Fabriano, 'Saint Thomas of Villanova Distributing Alms' (ca. 1660) by Mateo Cerezo, 'Michelangelo Presents Paul IV with His Model of St Peter's' (1619) by Passignano, and 'The Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre' (1572) by François Dubois. See more »
I am utterly in love with this series. From the gorgeous soundtrack, to the depth and humour of the dialogues, the sharp exposure of human nature and the intricacies of belief and devotion, this series in an absolute joy. This comment is from someone whose last favorite series was BBC's Merlin. I rarely watch TV and follow series; it really has to be something special to grab my attention and keep it for a long time. This is truly special. I am devouring it, fully embodying the sinner in me. I confess to the deadly sins of gluttony - because I am never satisfied and I always want more of it - and lust, because Jude Law is oh my God so sexy and hot, in body, mind, and soul, and a brilliant, brilliant actor; I was happy to know he also produces it. And why not sloth too, since I don't mind spending several hours in a row watching it and I don't feel a slight bit of guilt because of it. Oops, here goes for pride. I am totally free of greed though, for I wish everyone watch this and drink of this divine juice. Amazing, and I hope there will be no more seasons, otherwise it will lose its substance and depth. Good things come in small packets. Thank you for this gem and congratulations for the genius collaboration behind it.
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