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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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Our pope this week had barely been a priest 10 years before being elected at age 55, had one of Catholicism’s great Renaissance saints as his confessor for 3 decades and, oh yeah, he’s the one who brought coffee to the Western World. It’s fitting that our sponsor for this week is Guadalupe Roastery! These guys are the real deal – not only is their coffee excellent, but their mission is to empower farmers to support themselves and their families by bringing you the most directly sourced cup of coffee possible. So head on over to guadaluperoastery.com and get a couple pounds for you and a friend. Be sure to use the promo code POPE at checkout to get 10% off your entire order! Click here to become a patron of The Popecast: patreon.com/thepopecast
Our pope this week is one unlike any other of the 265 successors of St. Peter. Smart and eloquent with a pen though he was, for most of his life he was best known as a smooth-talking womanizer and deadbeat dad whose only goal was elevating his own career, all the way up to being crowned as the emperor’s imperial poet. And then he met the pope (who he hated), and everything changed. -- BECOME A PATRON of The Popecast at patreon.com/thepopecast to support our mission and get some nice perks -- Today’s episode is sponsored by our friends over at Sock Religious (sockreligious.com), where you’ll find all sorts of different saint-themed socks to spice up your Sunday best. They’ve got Pope Francis & St. John Paul II themed socks along with a ton of other excellent designs that make for awesome birthday presents or honestly just a nice treat-yo-self gift. So head over to sockreligious.com and say The Popecast sent you!
Our pope today, the first and only British pope in history, is a man who came from nothing and was elevated to the papacy. A monk who would’ve rather not been pope, he faced down emperors and kings and shut down the entire Eternal City when a heretic threatened to hold it hostage. Since it's another bearded pope this week, an extra special thanks again to our friends at Catholic Balm Co. for sponsoring this episode of The Popecast. Check out their beard balms and other great stuff at catholicbalm.co and be sure to enter "POPE" at checkout to get 10% off your entire order! BECOME A PATRON of The Popecast at patreon.com/thepopecast to support our mission and get some nice perks
Our pope today reigned barely more than a century after Jesus walked the earth, and he’s best known for welcoming a disciple of the Beloved Disciple to Rome for a friendly chat about the date of Easter. Since it's a (likely) bearded pope this episode, an extra special thanks to our friends at Catholic Balm Co. for sponsoring this episode of The Popecast. Check out their beard balms and other great stuff at catholicbalm.co and be sure to enter "POPE" at checkout to get 10% off your entire order! BECOME A PATRON of The Popecast at patreon.com/thepopecast to support our mission and get sweet benefits.
Today we have a pope who found himself having to deal with an emperor demanding that Christian images and statues by smashed to bits. And he was having none of it. SPECIAL THANKS to our friends at Catholic Balm Co. for sponsoring this episode of The Popecast. Check out their beard balms and other great stuff at catholicbalm.co (catholicbalm.co) and be sure to enter "POPE" at checkout to get 10% off your entire order! BECOME A PATRON of The Popecast at patreon.com/thepopecast to support our mission and get sweet benefits.
This episode is on a pope who was already almost 80 years old by the time he was elected, and he was really hoping to be able to retire in peace before his fellow cardinals got the bright idea to put him in charge. No, this wasn’t 7 years ago, or even 15 years ago. It was the 1600s. To help us continue to produce The Popecast, consider becoming a patron at patreon.com/thepopecast and receive neato benefits to boot. Thanks to our sponsors over at Sock Religious (https://www.sockreligious.com/?rfsn=4340864.12f9a4), who help you bring your Catholic faith to your business attire and Sunday best with custom sock designs of all kinds. Visit bit.ly/popesocks to get a pair for you and a friend.* *(Affiliate links. The Popecast receives a small portion of each sale in exchange for promotion.)
Here we have a pope who condemned a predecessor who had dug up a dead pope and put his body on trial – no big deal. He also reigned longer than most of his immediate predecessors and successors – but was still only in office for 2 years. Times were tough in the late 9th Century. SPECIAL THANKS to our friends at Catholic Balm Co. for sponsoring this episode of The Popecast. Check out their beard balms and other great stuff at catholicbalm.co (catholicbalm.co) and be sure to enter "POPE" at checkout to get 10% off your entire order! BECOME A PATRON of The Popecast to get sweet benefits and support our work at patreon.com/thepopecast
We were featured once more as a guest on the Classical Theism Podcast (see Episode #37 for our first appearance), this time on two more papal objections – how an ecumenical council called by an emperor can still be legit, and why Pope John XXII wasn't a heretic. If you're enjoying The Popecast, please consider supporting us at patreon.com/thepopecast to get early access to new episodes and ensure we can continue to produce the show! SPECIAL THANKS to our friends at Catholic Balm Co. for sponsoring this episode of The Popecast. Check out their beard balms, lotion bars, and ESPECIALLY their brand new Petra Solid Cologne at catholicbalm.co (catholicbalm.co). Be sure to enter "POPE" at checkout to get 10% off your entire order!
The third and final installment of our series on one of the greatest popes in history. He was the first non-Italian pope in almost 500 years and the youngest in over a century, having been elected at the young papal age of 58. He also would have the third-longest reign in history, serving as pope for almost 27 years, and trailing only Pope Pius IX and St. Peter himself in terms of longevity. He’s one of the most traveled world leaders in history and the most visible, after logging over 680,000 miles as pope and being seen in-person by half a billion people. This is the story spanning Pope St. John Paul II's monumental papacy, from his election in 1978 to his death in 2005. SPECIAL THANKS to our friends at Catholic Balm Co. for sponsoring this episode of The Popecast. Check out their beard balms, lotion bars, and ESPECIALLY their brand new Petra Solid Cologne at catholicbalm.co (catholicbalm.co). Be sure to enter "POPE" at checkout to get 10% off your entire order! OTHER POPECAST LINKS * Become a patron of The Popecast at patreon.com/thepopecast * [BOOK] Sign of Contradiction by St. John Paul II (As Cardinal Karol Wojtyla; Retreat preached to Pope Paul VI & the papal household – https://amzn.to/2WiGi5R * [BOOK] Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves by Jason Evert – https://amzn.to/3d3isSf * [BOOK] Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel – https://amzn.to/35n4Dvy
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II (May 18), Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote a letter to the Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. This bonus episode of The Popecast is a free audio reading of that letter. Become a patron of The Popecast at patreon.com/thepopecast Read the full text of the letter here (https://episkopat.pl/benedict-xvi-john-paul-ii-is-not-a-moral-rigorist-he-showed-forth-the-mercy-of-god/).
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. SPECIAL THANKS to our friends at Catholic Balm Co. for sponsoring this episode of The Popecast. Check out their beard balms, lotion bars, and ESPECIALLY their brand new Petra Solid Cologne at catholicbalm.co (catholicbalm.co). Be sure to enter "POPE" at checkout to get 10% off your entire order! OTHER POPECAST LINKS * Become a patron of The Popecast at patreon.com/thepopecast * Brand new Popecast shirts at bonfire.com/pope-names * [BOOK] Sign of Contradiction by St. John Paul II (As Cardinal Karol Wojtyla; Retreat preached to Pope Paul VI & the papal household – https://amzn.to/2WiGi5R * [BOOK] Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves by Jason Evert – https://amzn.to/3d3isSf * [BOOK] Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel – https://amzn.to/35n4Dvy
It’s finally here. The episode so many of you have all been waiting for. And this is just part one… Our pope this week is one of the finest men to ever grace the Chair of St. Peter. His life was one of unimaginable suffering, having been under the thumb of both the Nazis and the Communists at different points in his life. A renaissance man, he was equal parts philosopher and poet – exercising the head and the heart with unrivaled passion. Losing his earthly mother at age 9, he’s perhaps best known for his devotion to another Mother – God’s Mother. This is the story of his early life. SPECIAL THANKS to our friends at Catholic Balm Co. for sponsoring this episode of The Popecast. Check out their beard balms, lotion bars, and ESPECIALLY their brand new Petra Solid Cologne at catholicbalm.co (catholicbalm.co). Be sure to enter "POPE" at checkout to get 10% off your entire order! OTHER POPECAST LINKS * Become a patron of The Popecast at patreon.com/thepopecast * Brand new Popecast shirts at http://bit.ly/popenameshirt
Our pope this week is one of the greatest heroes of the ancient Church that you’ve never heard of. Well, at least, not until now. He was only pope for a short time, but his witness and heroic martyrdom left a mark that has echoed down through the centuries. Almost 18 centuries, in fact. SPECIAL THANKS to our friends at Catholic Balm Co. for sponsoring this episode of The Popecast. Check out their beard balms, lotion bars, and ESPECIALLY their brand new Petra Solid Cologne at catholicbalm.co (catholicbalm.co). Be sure to enter "POPE" at checkout to get 10% off your entire order! OTHER POPECAST LINKS * Become a patron of The Popecast at patreon.com/thepopecast * Brand new Popecast shirts at http://bit.ly/popenameshirt
Our episode this week is an interview we did with John DeRosa of the Classical Theism podcast, a show that’s all about defending Catholic Christian ideas in Conversation with all sorts of excellent guests like Trent Horn, Dr. Ed Feser, Jimmy Akin, Gomer from Catching Foxes and – somehow – yours truly. We chat about the stories of Pope Honorius I and Pope Liberius, along with lots of other great stuff. Check out his show at classicaltheism.com SPECIAL THANKS to our friends at Catholic Balm Co. for sponsoring this episode of The Popecast. Check out their beard balms, lotion bars, and ESPECIALLY their brand new Petra Solid Cologne at catholicbalm.co (catholicbalm.co). Be sure to enter "POPE" at checkout to get 10% off your entire order! Become a patron of The Popecast at patreon.com/thepopecast
Our pontiff this week did one of the most infamous deeds in all of papal history. It was so memorable that no pope since has taken that particular papal name, and he was the butt of a joke at the election of our very own Pope Francis for it. His crime? He suppressed the Society of Jesus. Support The Popecast on Patreon: patreon.com/thepopecast LINKS MENTIONED FROM THIS EPISODE * "The Day the Jesuits Were Suppressed" by Professor Steve Weidenkopf – LINK (https://www.catholic.com/magazine/online-edition/this-day-in-church-history-the-suppression-of-the-jesuits-july-21-1773) * BOOK: "Mysteries, Marvels and Miracles" (including the story of St. Alphonsus Liguori bilocating to Clement XIV's deathbed) – AMAZON (https://amzn.to/39Z9Efr) * "Dominus ac Redemptor" (Brief suppressing the Society of Jesus) by Pope Clement XIV – FULL TEXT (https://jesuitportal.bc.edu/research/documents/1773_dominusacredemptor/) * "Cum Sunni" (Proclaiming a Universal Jubilee) by Pope Clement XIV – FULL TEXT (https://www.papalencyclicals.net/clem14/c14cumsu.htm)
Netflix's new film "The Two Popes" is a recently-released biographical drama of the friendship between Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, when the latter was still Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. The film has been mostly praised in the wider culture and predominantly criticized inside Catholic circles. In this episode, Matt from The Popecast and Taylor from Forte Catholic review the good and the bad of the new film. Listen to the first half of the review at https://www.fortecatholic.com/radiopodcast/167 (21:20) Become a patron ** of The Popecast at **bit.ly/popecastpatreon (bit.ly/popecastpatreon) (P.S. I sincerely apogolize for the super crappy audio on my end! With Christmas travels I was without my usual setup, so we made do as best we could in order to get the episode out in time!) Special Guest: Forte Catholic.
It’s a Popecast Christmas episode this week. Not only did this guy take his turn at fighting off the heresy that had infected a majority of the world’s bishops, but he stood by one of the Church’s greatest bishops and saints, and he may have even been the one to officially declare the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Become a patron of The Popecast and have one of your papal ponderings answered on a future episode: http://bit.ly/popecastpatreon
A free audio version of Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter_ Admirabile Signum _, defending and encouraging the use of the Nativity Scene – or Christmas creche – for families and communities to develop a deeper understanding of the mystery of Jesus Christ's Incarnation. FULL TEXT: http://bit.ly/francisnativity SUPPORT THE POPECAST: http://bit.ly/popecastpatron CATHOLIC HIPSTER BOOK (featuring Matt from The Popecast): https://amzn.to/2R7tQom
Our pope this week – one of the notorious so-called Bad Popes – was what the kids might call “a player”. A man of loose morals who only got the job because on his deathbed dear old dad made Roman officials pinky swear to elect his kid pope. Oh, and he was killed after being caught in bed with a married woman … at the hands of her jealous husband, no less. [BOOK] Catholic Hipster: The Next Level – https://amzn.to/332yG8O Become a patron of The Popecast and have one of your papal ponderings answered on a future episode: http://bit.ly/popecastpatreon
We’re back this week with an episode on a pope who was equal parts lion and lamb. His blunt writing on papal authority was a respectful dunk on the eastern emperor, and served as that teaching’s foundation for centuries, but in the same breath he gave away all his earthly possessions before the end, and willingly died penniless. No. 49 – Pope St. Gelasius 492-496 A.D Become a patron of The Popecast and have one of your papal ponderings answered on a future episode: http://bit.ly/popecastpatreon
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