Per the network, Friel will play Kayla Duffy, the younger sister of Cardinal Thomas Duffy (Chandler).
The Vatican is a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church. Unlike her brother, Kayla is a sexually active, hard-partying New Yorker. She is darkly witty and openly rebellious against all norms and institutions, including the church. While Kayla and Cardinal Duffy are close, honest and loving siblings, she is always a complication, and at times a liability for a man of the cloth who is one of the public leaders of the Catholic Church.
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