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The beginning of the pontificate of Lenny Belardo, alias Pius XIII, the first American Pope in history.


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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
 Lenny Belardo (10 episodes, 2016)
 Sister Mary (10 episodes, 2016)
 Cardinal Voiello (10 episodes, 2016)
 Cardinal Gutierrez (10 episodes, 2016)
 Cardinal Dussolier (10 episodes, 2016)
 Sofia (10 episodes, 2016)
 Esther (10 episodes, 2016)
Toni Bertorelli ...
 Cardinal Caltanissetta (10 episodes, 2016)
 Cardinal Michael Spencer (10 episodes, 2016)
Ignazio Oliva ...
 Valente (8 episodes, 2016)
Marcello Romolo ...
 Don Tommaso (8 episodes, 2016)
Vladimir Bibic ...
 Ozolins (7 episodes, 2016)
 Priest Triregno (6 episodes, 2016)
 Domen (6 episodes, 2016)
 Madre (6 episodes, 2016)
Nadee Kammellaweera ...
 Sister Suree (6 episodes, 2016)
Gianluca Guidi ...
 Father Amatucci (5 episodes, 2016)
 Young Sister Mary (5 episodes, 2016)
Jim Adhi Limas
(5 episodes, 2016)
 Cardinal Mario Assente (5 episodes, 2016)
 Young Dussolier (5 episodes, 2016)
 Cardinal Michel Marivaux (5 episodes, 2016)


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.

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Release Date:

15 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az ifjú pápa  »

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(10 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Javier Cámara contacted series creator Paolo Sorrentino personally and asked him for a role, because he is a fan on Sorrentino's work and had heard that the miniseries had a Spanish speaking role. See more »


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An eccentric extravagant BEAUTIFUL project
17 November 2016 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

To tell the truth, when heard about the TV series of a young pope, I was absolutely sure it is a documentary one so I did not do any search beforehand. Well then, after I saw the first episode, I immediately wikipedied and googled PiusXIII, only to discover he has never existed (yet). To tell the truth again, I wanted to stop watching the series because usually i do not like something blown up out of the blue, like The Walking dead, f.e. But, captured of the very good quality of acting, nice music and extremely eccentric character of the Pope, I watched the second episode, then the third...and you know what? IT GOES better and better!!! I am fully immersed with my head and heart in these TV series. So far I am in love with 4th and 8th episode. Especially when the Pope gives his speech on peace. It is more than touching, it is perfect. On the whole, the project is fully in line with the Sorrentino's oscared movie "Grande Bellezza", touching music, knife-sharp changes in the editing pieces of the film, smart dialogues, and much that corruption of everyone, low or high, just goes in the background. Highly recommended!

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