The Young Pope
The Young Pope is an English-language Italian drama television series created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino for Sky Atlantic, HBO, and Canal+. The series, staring Jude Law and Diane Keaton, follows the papacy of Pius XIII, born Lenny Belardo, which shows himself as a controversial pope and absolutely unkeen to be controlled.
- Pope Pius XIII: What have we forgotten? We have forgotten God! You! You have forgotten God! I want to be very clear with you. You have to be closer to God than to each other. I am closer to God than I am to you. You need to know I will never be close to you, because everyone is alone before God. I have nothing to say to those who have even the slightest doubt about God. All I can do is remind them of my scorn and their wretchedness. I don’t have to prove that God exists. It is up to you to prove that he doesn’t. Are you capable of proving that God does not exist? If you aren’t able to prove it that means God does exist. God exists. And he isn’t interested in us until we become interested in him—in him exclusively. You understand what I’m saying? Exclusively! Twenty-four hours a day your hearts and minds filled only with God, there’s no room for anything else, no room for free will, no room for liberty, no room for emancipation. “Free yourself from God,” I’ve heard people say, “liberate yourself from God.” But the pain of liberation is unbearable, sharp enough to kill. Without God, you’re as good as dead: dead, abandoned strays wandering the streets.
- Pope Pius XIII: We are all guilty; we are all guilty of war and death. Always. In the same way, we can all be guilty of peace. Always. I ask this of you on bended knee: I'm ready to die for you, if only you will become guilty of peace. I always say to the children who write me from all over the world: "Think about all the things you like. That is God." Children like all sorts of things, but none of them has ever written that what they like is war. Now look at whoever is next to you. Look at them with eyes of joy and remember what St. Augustine said: "If you want to see God, you have the means to do it. God is love. " I, on the other hand, won't speak to you about God until there is peace. Because God is peace. And peace is God. Give me peace, and I'll give you God. You don't know how wonderful peace is. You have no idea how disconcerting peace can be. But I know. Because I saw it when I was eight years old on the banks of a river in Colorado, peace.
- Lenny Belardo: What is more beautiful, my love? Love lost or love found? Don’t laugh at me, my love. I know it, I’m awkward and naïve, when it comes to love and I ask questions straight out of a pop song. This doubt overwhelms me and undermines me, my love. To find or to lose? All around me, people don’t stop yearning. Did they lose or did they find? I can’t say. An orphan has no way of knowing. An orphan lacks a first love. The love for his mama and papa. That’s the source of his awkwardness, his naïveté. You said to me, on that deserted beach in California: “You can touch my legs”. But I didn’t do it. There, my love, is love lost.
That’s why I never stop wondering since: where you’ve been? And where you are now? And you, shining gleam of my misspend youth, did you lose or did you find? I don’t know. And I will never know. I can’t even remember your name, my love. And I don’t have the answer. But this is how I like to imagine it, the answer. In the end, my love, we have no choice. We have to find.
- Jude Law - Pope Pius XIII (born Lenny Belardo)
- Diane Keaton - Sister Mary
- Silvio Orlando - Cardinal Angelo Voiello
- Javier Cámara - Monsignor Bernardo Gutierrez
- Scott Shepherd - Cardinal Andrew Dussolier
- Cécile de France - Sofia
- Ludivine Sagnier - Esther
- Toni Bertorelli - Cardinal Caltanissetta
- James Cromwell - Cardinal Michael Spencer