The Popecast

The podcast about popes, for people who like a good story, but don't have time for dry, dusty history books.

About the show

Short bios on the popes of the Roman Catholic Church, and periodic interviews with experts and commentators on the papacy & Church history. Become a patron and find extra bonus content at patreon.com/thepopecast.

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Episodes

  • The Pope Who Made the Emperor Kneel in the Snow (St. Gregory VII)

    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...

  • The Pope Who Built the Wall (St. Leo IV)

    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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  • The Pope They Called a Heretic (Honorius I) - Infallibility Series, Pt. 3

    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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  • The Pope Who Was Once an Antipope (Vigilius) - Infallibility Series, Pt. 2

    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...

  • Gaudete et Exsultate: Interview w/ Katie Prejean McGrady

    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...

  • The First Pope to Not Be a Saint (Liberius) - Infallibility Series, Pt. 1

    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....

  • The Pope who Condemned the Sexual Revolution (St. Paul VI)

    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 … ...

  • The Pope Who Confirmed the Canon of Scripture (St. Damasus I)

    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, ...

  • The Pope Who Founded Western Civilization (St. Gregory the Great)

    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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  • A Very Bad Pope (Benedict IX)

    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. 
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  • The Pope Who Battled Attila the Hun (St. Leo the Great)

    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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  • The Pope with the Bird on His Head (St. Fabian)

    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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  • The Pope Who Almost Contributed to the Bible (St. Clement I)

    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.
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  • The "About Dang Time" Pope (Bl. Gregory X)

    January 9th, 2018  |  10 mins 8 secs

    This week we’ve got a pope who came to power after 1000 days of an empty papal chair, a guy who wasn’t even a priest when he was elected! Our pontiff this week butted heads with ambitious kings, and made revisions to the Church playbook that lasted for n...

  • The First Pope (St. Peter)

    January 2nd, 2018  |  11 mins 58 secs

    This week we’re talking about perhaps the Church’s worst and best pope. The fisherman of little faith, the Apostle with the keys, the preacher who converted 3,000 in a single sermon.
     
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  • Why Popes?

    December 22nd, 2017  |  3 mins 35 secs

    Whether you’re Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, an Atheist, or something in between -- the popes of the Roman Catholic Church matter. Sure, there are 1.2 billion of the world’s citizens who pledge their loyalty to the current pontiff, but St. Peter and his ...