Naturally the Cardinals want all of that prize for themselves, and they've arranged for a genetically modified and drugged up horse to win for them.
And as always, keeping everything running to plan has fallen to Father Nicholas, but unknown to everyone else, a traumatic experience at age 3 has left him deathly afraid of horses, and without his control, the day risks being a shambles.moreless
It's Charity Day in Popetown, a day when the Cardinals drain visitors of their spare cash, and a day when The Pope is expected to ride in the armourglassed PopeWagon and address the gathered crowds.
But problems have arisen. Firstly The Pope simply doesn't want to cooperate, and is delivering a tantrum instead, secondly the PopeWagon has had yellow paint spilt all over it, and it needs to be dazzling white instead.
In order to get the car repainted, Father Nicholas and Sister Marie must get it to a garage. This means driving out of Popetown into unfamiliar parts of the city... parts of the city which seem to be nothing more than an endless 'vice' district... hardly the place for two saintly residents of Popetown to be seen.moreless
Father Nicholas is having his mother come to visit.
She suffers from angina, and Father Nicholas is very protective of her. She however is more interested in a burly Popetown guard, or more exactly, passionate activities with a burly guard that will either raise her heart-rate, or bring her heart to a complete stop.
Owing to a crisis with the accounts, Popetown is having to cut back on spending, so the Pope's expensive rugs are replaced with cheap carpets... with the unexpected result that Pope develops a dangerous electric charge when he rides his bike across the rugs.
Pope loves these new 'superpowers', but everyone else finds the effects 'shocking'.moreless