PART TWO – The Pope Who Destroyed Communism (Pope St. John Paul II)

Episode 40 · April 30th, 2020 · 23 mins 58 secs

About this Episode

The series so many listeners to The Popecast have been asking about and waiting for is back for Part Two.

Our pope this week, once again, is one of the finest men to ever grace the Chair of St. Peter. Ordained a priest in secret at the start of the Communist occupation of Poland, he was a bishop at 38, an archbishop at 44, and a cardinal at 47. Though he was gifted with a towering intellect and a love for academics, his greatest joy was spending time in the outdoors – canoeing, camping, and praying with his friends.

This is the story spanning Pope St. John Paul II's priesthood and tenure as bishop, archbishop, and cardinal in Poland.

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