The Popecast

The podcast about popes, for people who like history and hate being bored.

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

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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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ...