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The unvarnished, non-boring history of the popes of the Roman Catholic Church – told in a way to remind us that the world and the Church’s problems today have happened plenty of times before.
For early access and extra bonus stuff, check out patreon.com/thepopecast.

The Popecast: A History of the Papacy Matthew Sewell

    • History
    • 4.9 • 101 Ratings

The unvarnished, non-boring history of the popes of the Roman Catholic Church – told in a way to remind us that the world and the Church’s problems today have happened plenty of times before.
For early access and extra bonus stuff, check out patreon.com/thepopecast.

    The Popecast Origin Story and Other Tales (Matt's Interview on Real Presence Radio)

    The Popecast Origin Story and Other Tales (Matt's Interview on Real Presence Radio)

    Matt had the pleasure of being a guest on Real Presence Radio out in the Midwest, on a show hosted by none other than our most recent special guest Fr. Richard Kunst, to talk about the origins of The Popecast and his own personal favorite popes and papal history stories, among other things.


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    • 26 min
    The First Pope in History to Change His Name (John II)

    The First Pope in History to Change His Name (John II)

    Today’s pope is certainly one for the record books. Even though he was only in office a couple short years, he’s memorable for one major papal staple that we take completely for granted these days.


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    • 11 min
    The World's Largest Papal Artifacts Collection Outside of the Vatican (Interview with Fr. Richard Kunst)

    The World's Largest Papal Artifacts Collection Outside of the Vatican (Interview with Fr. Richard Kunst)

    Today’s episode is one we’ve been very excited to bring you all for a long time. Our guest, Fr. Richard Kunst, is the curator of the world's largest collection of papal memorabilia and artifacts outside of the Vatican. Our conversation covers everything from how Fr. Rich’s collection came to be, some of the coolest and strangest articles he’s seen, his appearances on Pawn Stars, and (in the patron-only bonus section) even some never-before-heard stories about BOTH Popes John Paul.


    In addition to curating this great collection, Fr. Rich is a priest of the Diocese of Duluth Minnesota, pastor of St. James Parish in Duluth, and believe it or not, was even at one time Fr. Mike Schmitz’s vocation director when the latter was in formation for the priesthood.


    FR. RICH'S WEBSITE: https://www.papalartifacts.com
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    • 35 min
    The Pope Whose Corpse Was Put on Trial (Formosus)

    The Pope Whose Corpse Was Put on Trial (Formosus)

    Our man this episode is altogether unique – and not just because he’s the only Successor of Peter with this particular name. No, he’s actually most famous for something he had no control over at all – because he was dead.


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    • 13 min
    The Pope Who Worked Miracles (St. Leo IX)

    The Pope Who Worked Miracles (St. Leo IX)

    This episode is about another one of those popes who you’ve probably never heard of, but is definitely one to remember. He was saintly from an early age, and despite desiring a life of anonymity in his service to Christendom, was plucked by the emperor from obscurity to become pope and, ultimately, usher in one of the biggest reform movements in Catholicism’s 2,000 year history.


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    • 28 min
    Christmas Special: Pope Benedict XVI's 2010 Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message

    Christmas Special: Pope Benedict XVI's 2010 Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message

    We kept trying to find a good Christmas-themed papal bio for this week, and then we ran across this Urbi et Orbi address of Pope Benedict XVI's from 2010. It's an absolutely excellent address (as usual from him), especially with the Choir of King's College singing O Holy Night in the background, as they are at the end of the episode.


    Enjoy – and Merry Christmas to you and all of your families!


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    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

Star Gazer 11 ,

Nice short interesting overviews

Just the right length for podcast listening. Not too much depth, amusingly told.

jdbh17 ,

History in context

Not sure how I found the Popecast, but my favorite part has been the historical background and context of the Popes. As I’ve learned more history, I’ve learned the waves of sanctity and debauchery that have flowed through the years, and seeing where various papacies have fallen during those eras has been fascinating. I’ve also loved the connections of the popes with each other (before they became Pope) and with other various historical figures, both saints and sinners, rulers and religious. Keep it up! As I look at my finances I’ll see if I can donate, but I’m also heading back to grad school soon, so I’m grateful this is still available for free.

NicG327 ,

Outstanding history!

Believe it or not, I found this podcast as I was watching The Young Pope & New Pope series during the summer and wanted to learn about the actual papal history. I’m now caught up on the podcast to say Matthew has done a great job diving into the nitty gritty to the great & worst successors to the chair of Peter. Being nondenom Protestant this helped me grow appreciation & the importance of Catholicism. God is good, look forward to more episodes!

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