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.
Entertaining. At first glance, seems like another arrogant attempt at modernity, but this impression fades rapidly with the clever writing and occasional unexpected turns.
What is refreshing: A pope depicted who actually searches, apparently struggles to find God and battles with his own conscience while sizing up and cutting down his subjects. Petulant, youthful, distrustful yet demanding respect and insisting on infallibility as an absolute sovereign...
Just like the Holy See's attitude and position in a world that has evolved beyond its teachings, but still does not fathom the danger in its unchecked political maneuverings.
What better example to express to the outside world the notion that any one of us can know God as we are known.
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