I think everyone needs to know before picking up this book that it is based on the fictional idea that the new pope is a clone from the shroud of turin and was born a virgin birth. That is just a crazy idea that sets the ground work for an even crazier book that ends flat. I kept reading it as some parts were semi interesting but it is slow moving, and by the end you do not care what happens, to be honeest I think the author felt the same way with the flat ending. If you have nothing else to read, all other books are gone from your home but this one or you find yourself intersted in a horrible read because you would like the opportunity to be both bored and disgusted, then this is for you, if not, don't waste your time.
At the convocation that welcomes the new millennium, the Pope dies in the arms of Peter Carenza, a charismatic young priest. With the Pontiff's blessing of Carenza still ringing in their eiars, the Archbishops unanimously select him as the new Pope. A year later, Carenza's "new Church for a new Millennium" is shocking...and attracting...the faithful by the millions.
Peter Carenza's abilities go far beyond raising the dead and healing the sick. The product of a secret Vatican conspiracy to bring about the Second Coming, Carenza is far more than the plotters bargained for and his ministry is haunted by death and madness.
Only three people know the truth about the new Pope: the woman Carenza once loved, who has seen his true nature; an Archbishop who distrusts Carenza despite his miracles; and Carenza's mother, a cloistered nun who truly hears the word of God. This new trinity must stop the Pope before his greatest plan reaches its horrible conclusion.