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Season 1

11 Mar. 2018
The Rise of the Pope
Go back 2,000 years to see how the papacy and Catholicism spread throughout Europe.
18 Mar. 2018
The Resignation of Benedict XVI
The challenge of balancing spiritual and worldly interests changes as papal authority grows.
25 Mar. 2018
The Price of Progress
As the pope's temporal power and political influence grows, so does corruption in the church.
1 Apr. 2018
A Church Divided
The power of the papacy is questioned, splintering what was once a universal church.
8 Apr. 2018
The Wartime Popes
Wartime popes navigate their place as a spiritual leader in an increasingly political world.
15 Apr. 2018
Courage, Change, & the Modern Papacy
Pope John Paul II is the world's first "famous" Pope. He comes into power during the height of the Cold War and serves for nearly three decades, the second longest term in papal history. Having come of age during the Nazi invasion of his native Poland, and keenly aware of the shortcomings of the Vatican during World War II, John Paul II immerses the religious office into global affairs. He works tirelessly alongside world leaders in an effort to destroy communism, and in the process, becomes an international icon for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. His reign ...

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