Matt Sewell is the host and creator of The Popecast. As part of his work at Flocknote, Matt created the popular [Popes in a Year](flocknote.com/popes) daily email series, a short bite-size bio of every pope from Peter to Francis. Matt is married to Rachel, and together they're parents to Leo, who will make his entrance into the world this June.
February 20th, 2019 | 13 mins 30 secs
This week’s pope didn’t want the job, and lived like he didn’t have the job, which got him in some hot water. But the people who worked closest with him knew him only as the parish priest of Rome, and ultimately his personal virtue carried the day. Plus ...
February 11th, 2019 | 17 mins 17 secs
This week’s pope is defined by two words. Charlemagne and iconoclasm. And no, I’m not talking the Trump Twitter kind of iconoclasm.
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Pope Adrian I (The Catholic Encyclopedia)
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January 29th, 2019 | 16 mins 1 sec
The pope we’re talking about today was mild-mannered and monkish on the outside, but tough as nails on the inside. He’s went toe to toe with the tiny tyrant for 10 years, and was imprisoned for 6 of them. Never one to let the Church be bullied, he return...
January 18th, 2019 | 18 mins 31 secs
This week’s pope was once described as the epitome of a Christian gentleman, a man of universally recognized virtue, and a profound scholar. He was never one to back down from a fight, and stopped at nothing to reform a broken Church. 1000 years ago, tha...
January 8th, 2019 | 18 mins 31 secs
A worker of miracles, a battler of barbarians, and someone described as a man who lived to perfection the saying “pray as if everything depends on God, and work as if everything depends on you.” This week it's Pope #103, St. Leo IV.
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May 12th, 2018 | 12 mins 8 secs
Wait, a pope was actually condemned as a heretic by an ecumenical council of the Church? Sounds like the jig is up – papal infallibility is a false doctrine! Right? Well...we shall see.
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April 20th, 2018 | 13 mins 24 secs
This week's pope was one of the only guys to have been an anti-pope before getting legitimately elected, he pretty much killed his predecessor, and was a bit of a wuss to boot. Yes, even the Bishop of Rome can be a weak-willed flip-flopper, and it follow...
April 13th, 2018 | 45 mins 54 secs
Speaker & author Katie Prejean McGrady joins the Popecast to chat about Pope Francis' new apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice & Be Glad), her recent trip to Rome for a pre-Synod gathering of young people, and how Pope Francis knows exact...
March 21st, 2018 | 13 mins 32 secs
How would you like to be the first pope to not be named a saint? First in 350 years and the only non-saint pope in 5 centuries was still pretty holy, but people thought he might be heretic. Also, people use him as an argument against papal infallibility....
March 7th, 2018 | 14 mins 30 secs
Paul VI was nothing short of a prophet. He called out society’s future ills decades before they actually happened, and reigned as pope through the assassination of an American President, the sexual revolution, and a sweeping reform in the Church. Plus … ...
February 22nd, 2018 | 9 mins 40 secs
Ever wonder where the official list of the books of the Bible came from? Well, this guy you’re about to learn about is who we have to thank. Every single one of those 73 books you find in Catholic Bibles was listed out by this guy, at a meeting in Rome, ...
February 13th, 2018 | 13 mins 52 secs
Lent is upon us, and we have just the pope. It’s the guy who instituted giving out ashes on Ash Wednesday. The former monk. The humble, generous pontiff who basically founded Western Civilization.
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February 7th, 2018 | 12 mins 36 secs
Our first BAD POPE. Called by the Catholic Encyclopedia a "disgrace to the Chair of Peter" Benedict IX was pope not once, not twice, but THREE separate times, and only because dear ol' dad pulled some strings to get him there in the first place.
January 30th, 2018 | 12 mins 44 secs
This week we’ve got a pope who was here to chew bubblegum and battle heresy … and he was fresh out of bubblegum. He also once convinced Attila the Hun to hightail it out of Rome. In short, he’s one of the greats. Literally.
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January 22nd, 2018 | 10 mins 46 secs
This week’s pope was elected in the most unusual of ways. A bird landed on his head. That's right, A BIRD.
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January 15th, 2018 | 10 mins 57 secs
Here's a pope who knew personally more than one of the Apostles -- the ACTUAL APOSTLES -- and wrote a document that was thiiiis close to being included in the canon of the Bible. Batting cleanup for the young church at Pope #4, it’s St. Clement I.