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Episode #1.6 

Nine months after the Pope's ascension to power, the Church faces a financial crisis, there is joy for Esther, while Dussolier is put in a difficult position.


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 (credit only)
Ludivine Sagnier ... Esther
Toni Bertorelli Toni Bertorelli ... Cardinal Caltanissetta
Stefano Accorsi ... Italian Prime Minister
James Cromwell ... Cardinal Michael Spencer (credit only)
Massimiliano Gallo ... Captain Becchi
Tony Plana ... Carlos García
Dino Conti Dino Conti ... Italian Prime Minister's Aide (as Emilio Dino Conti)
Marcos Franz ... Ángelo Sanchez
Ignazio Oliva ... Valente


Esther gives birth to a son, whom she calls Pius. Lenny finally meets with the Italian Prime Minister, who is given a list of shocking and ridiculous demands, using political blackmail to achieve his goals. Lenny is forcing Cardinal Dussolier, his childhood friend and now the Cardinal, who is responsible for approving new priests, to stop approving new priests who do not adhere to clerical celibacy, as well as homosexuals, regardless of their commitment to the vow. The young seminar is denied admission and he commits suicide in St. Peter's Square. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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The portrayal of the exiled Cardinal in Ketchikan, Alaska is a satiric exaggeration. Ketchikan is located in the lower panhandle of Alaska, and is heavily forested with steep mountains. This mass depicted is on a flat plain of Arctic Ice, far north of the Arctic Circle, thousands of miles north of Ketchikan. See more »


It would be impossible for Angelo Sanchez to climb the roof of the Basilica. The Vatican is strictly guarded for 24 hours a day, furthermore the Basilica and even St. Peter's Square are closed at night. See more »


Italian Prime Minister: But in that case why... Why haven't you appeared in public yet?
Lenny Belardo: Because there's still no need.
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Era de Maggio
Performed by Roberto Murolo
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Getting Kicked by the Papal Boot
15 July 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Pius hand the Italian Prime Minister a list of demands. He wants the government to support a bevy of very conservative demands. Opposition to abortion under any circumstances, no gay marriage, support and extension of Vatican land, and on and on. When the Prime Minister balks at this, big time political threats are made. The remainder of the episode shows Pius (Jude Law) moving into enforcement mode. He feels he is the new Jesus in some ways, and he's not about let the clergy get away with anything. There is bewilderment. One particular scene is when he asks if a priest or priests are willing to get down in the dirt of the streets and serve drug dealer and the scum of the Earth. Basically, he is telling them that they'd better be ready for this because it could easily come to be. Things are heating up.

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30 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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