Cast: Copley Peter; De Sica Vittorio; Finlay Frank; Foа Arnoldo; Frederick John; Gielgud John; Harper Gerald; Howard Arthur; Janssen David; Kwouk Burt; Lindman Еke; MacGinnis Niall; Maitland Marne; McKern Leo; Moor Dom; Olivier Laurence; Pravda George; Quinn Anthony; Revill Clive; Rogers Paul; Rougeul Jean; Thomas Alfred; Trieste Leopoldo; Werner Oskar; Dexter Rosemary; Jefford Barbara; Miranda Isa; Englund George; Kennaway James; Patrick John; West Morris L.; Hillier Erwin; North Alex; Nasalli-Rocca Orietta; Anderson Michael; Walter Ernest; Anderson Margaret Roy; Petrucci Antonio; Terzariol Adone
Storyline: Set in a futuristic vision of the late 1980’s, Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after two decades as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Fr. David Telemond, a troubled young priest who befriends him. Once at the Vatican, he is immediately given an audience with the Pope, who elevates him to Cardinal Priest. The world is on the brink of war due to a Chinese-Soviet feud made worse by a famine caused by trade restrictions brought against China by the U.S. When the Pontiff suddenly dies, Lakota’s genuine character and unique life experience move the College of Cardinals to elect him as the new Pope. But Pope Kiril I must now deal with his own self-doubt, the struggle of his friend Fr. Telemond who is under scrutiny for his beliefs, and find a solution to the crisis in China.
After twenty years in a Siberian labor camp, Kiril Lakota, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Lvov, is set free. The Catholic Archbishop is released and sent to Rome, where the ailing Pope makes him a Cardinal. The world is in a state of crisis – a famine in China is exacerbated by United States restrictions on Chinese trade and the ongoing Chinese-Soviet feud. When the Pontiff dies, Lakota finds himself elected Pope. But the new Pope Kiril I is plagued by self-doubt, by his years in prison, and by the strange world he knows so little about. This movie contains extensive information about Catholic faith & practice, as a television news reporter steps in from time-to-time to explain the procedures involved in selecting a new Pope.