(From the publisher):
Locked in a stalemate after days of voting, the College of Cardinals struggles through the arduous process of electing a new pope after the death of Pope John Paul II. In an effort to break the impasse at the conclave, Brian Cardinal Comiskey, Primate of All Ireland, in a stunning surprise development, withdraws from the race. Explaining his decision, he offers an anecdote about being among a boatload of clerics who were caught in an unexpected storm, then miraculously rescued by his friend Bill Kelly, a former priest and now a Cape Cod fisherman.
The next day at the Sistine Chapel, still undecided about whom they should vote for, the cardinals smile to themselves as they cast what they think are throwaway symbolic votes for Bill Kelly - but no one is laughing when he is elected pope. Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, Bill Kelly is on his boat at sea when he has a very clear and disturbing revelation: God is once again calling him to serve his Church. Thus begins the reign of the first American pope.
Original title: The Accidental Pope
Genre: Fiction→ Religious→ Christianity