Only days after approving The Blues Brothers as good Catholic entertainment, news has emerged about a new film that is upsetting those folks at the Vatican. Not surprising really, seeing as the movie - La Papessa - is based on a long standing legend about a female pope who became pregnant.

Medieval chronicles tell the story of Pope Joan, who disguised herself as a man and subsequently reigned as Catholic leader for two years around AD855. Known at the time as John Anglicus, her real identity came about when she gave birth in full papal costume during a public procession. Obviously her devout followers weren't too happy at this turn of events...

Read more about La Papessa after the jump... Only days after approving The Blues Brothers as good Catholic entertainment, news has emerged about a new film that is upsetting those folks at the Vatican. Not surprising really, seeing as the movie - La Papessa - is based on a long standing legend about a female pope who became pregnant.

Medieval chronicles tell the story of Pope Joan, who disguised herself as a man and subsequently reigned as Catholic leader for two years around AD855. Known at the time as John Anglicus, her real identity came about when she gave birth in full papal costume during a public procession. Obviously her devout followers weren't too happy at this turn of events and, according to varying legends, mother and child were either beaten to death in the street, tied to a horse and dragged through the city or allowed to live out their days in a convent.

The Vatican has always strenuously denied the existence of Pope Joan and it's impossible to know whether the chronicles are actually based on fact. What's upsetting them, however, is the fact that the new film is being marketed as 'a true story'.

Based on a bestselling novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross, La Papessa has a long development history with stars such as Madonna having been linked to it in the past. Starring John Goodman, David Wenham and striking German actress Johanna Wokalek as Pope Joan, the film recently opened in Europe and looks set to open in Britain very soon.

Watch the trailer (in Italian) for La Papessa below...



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