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Episode #1.3 

In the wake of the Pope's controversial homily, Sister Mary is thrust into the spotlight, and Voiello is determined to discover the Pope's weaknesses.


Paolo Sorrentino

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Law ... Lenny Belardo
Diane Keaton ... Sister Mary
Silvio Orlando ... Cardinal Voiello
Javier Cámara ... Cardinal Gutierrez
Scott Shepherd ... Cardinal Dussolier
Cécile de France ... Sofia
Ludivine Sagnier ... Esther
Toni Bertorelli Toni Bertorelli ... Cardinal Caltanissetta
James Cromwell ... Cardinal Michael Spencer
Gianluca Guidi Gianluca Guidi ... Father Amatucci
Ignazio Oliva Ignazio Oliva ... Valente
Marcello Romolo Marcello Romolo ... Don Tommaso
Vladimir Bibic Vladimir Bibic ... Ozolins
Allison Case Allison Case ... Young Sister Mary
Ramón García Ramón García ... Aguirre


In the wake of the Pope's controversial homily, Sister Mary is thrust into the spotlight, and Voiello is determined to discover the Pope's weaknesses.

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22 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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There are two events shown as one during the homily scene. As a matter of fact Pope Pius XIII delivered a speech, not an homily, because an homily always follows the reading of the Scripture and comments on It. Furthermore the first homily of a newly elected pope is delivered during the Papal Inauguration, a Mass which takes place on St. Peter's Square and not in the Loggia (balcony) of the Basilica. The newly elected Pope appears in the Loggia right after the "Habemus Papam" is announced and then he says his first few words to the faithful, but this is a speech and not an homily. It is only then that the cardinals gather at the large windows of the Basilica. During the Papal Inauguration they sit on St. Peter's Square next to the Pope. See more »


Cardinal Voiello: You know something Holy Father? You are as handsome as Jesus, but you are not actually Jesus.
Lenny Belardo: I may actually be more handsome, keep that to yourself.
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"Blues from an Airplane (uncredited)
Written by Marty Balin and Skip Spence
Performed by Jefferson Airplane
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Explain How I Got to Be Pope!
2 February 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

As Pius XIII continues to intimidate and rankle the traditional powers, there is a continuation of efforts to try to pull him along, to play by the rules. He is putting off a traditional meeting with the Cardinals. Voiello doesn't give up, but knows that he is in trouble. The Pope is quite tired of him and knows he up to "no good." He attacks him until he explodes, and he finally tells the Pope that there was an effort to get him elected because they thought he was a weaker compromise. The Pope threatens to begin the process of eliminating his status as Cardinal. Another Cardinal is removed from the Vatican and is to be sent to Alaska. It is easy to be critical of this Pope because he is so abrasive and intractable. Yet, his efforts to avoid public relations to feather his nest is probably what is actually expected of him. He even gets angry when he is asked to baptize 90 children from all over the world. He sees it as a publicity stunt and asks if he can do something less tiresome. I have to admit, I'm still a bit confused about what is going on, but I am enjoying a little lesson in Papal expectations.

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