[POPECAST] #1 – Pope St. Peter
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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 successors over the last 20 centuries have been a source of fascination — be it for their sanctity, intrigue, or mere curiosity — for just about everyone.
This podcast will be a weekly look into the lives of one of the 264 men who have held (or are currently holding) the Chair of St. Peter. We’ll hear about saints, heretics who became saints, a pope who dug up his predecessor’s corpse and put it on trial, one who was pope three times, one who healed a child just by holding it in his arms, a guy who hired Dracula — yes, THE Dracula — to defend the Church, OH and that handful of popes who actually knew Jesus…or knew the guys who knew Jesus.
This week, we’re talking about perhaps the Church’s worst and best pope. The guy who denied Christ in the flesh, and then repented after the Resurrection. The one who — like Forrest Gump seeing Lt. Dan on the shore — jumped into the sea practically naked to swim to the risen Jesus. The fisherman of little faith, the Apostle with the keys, the preacher who converted 3,000 in a single sermon. To start off the Popecast, it’s the one and only, St. Peter.