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The SaintCast - Catholic Saints on Call

Do you have a favorite Saint or a special devotion? Do you have what it takes to be a Saint? As Christians, we have thousands of examples on how to live our lives -- and we'll meet them here!

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SaintCast #139, Auschwitz Diaries, Last Days of St. Maximilian Kolbe

SaintCast listener Peter Wiberg interviews Auschwitz survivor Tadeusz Raznikiewicz, from Uppsala, Sweden, eyewitness to the last days of St. Maximilian Kolbe. You won't want to miss this chilling first-hand account of life in Auschwitz, and the story of how 'Pater Kolbe' gave up his life to save a doomed young man.News on the canonization cause of the first U.S. priest of African descent from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

48mins

30 Apr 2010

Rank #1

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SaintCast Episode #19, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Back From Italy, Fulton Sheen Miracle, Equestrian Saints, Feedback 312-235-2278

Paul's back from Italy, and ready for podcasting once again! I visited an incredible number of Saintly places, and am excited to share them with listeners in the form of audio sound-seeing tours over the next few months. We've got news of a miracle for the cause of Fulton J. Sheen, the evangelist of the radio and TV airwaves in the 40's and 50's in the United States. Podcasters everywhere could take inspiration from him as a potential patron saint. Speaking of patron Saints, my daughter poses the question as to who is the patron saint of horses, horse riders, horse women? As we've recently celebrated his Feast Day in the Church calendar, we take a look at the incredible life of the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola. More e-mail, audiofeedback, and more on this week's SaintCast. 

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13 Aug 2006

Rank #2

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SaintCast Episode #4 St. Therese of Lisieux, The Little Flower, Calendar of Saints, canonization news,miracle minute,padre pio

Nearly 118 years ago this next week, Therese Martin entered the cloister of Carmelite nuns at Lisieux, France, and never left, though she became one of the most beloved saints of the last century. She is the patron saint of missionaries, though she never left the convent. Learn about St. Therese and the Little Way, in this week's SaintCast. In addition, we cover the Saints of the week on the Liturgical Calendar, some canonization news, and hear the Communion Thanksgiving prayer of Padre Pio. . . and much more!

48mins

28 Mar 2006

Rank #3

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SaintCast #114, Aquinas for Dummies, B. Kreissl & J. Lonfat, St. Anthony and lost things, altar relics,feedback +1.312.235.2278

Do you understand Aquinas? OK. . I'm not the only one with that difficulty. But today on the SaintCast, two medieval philosophy scholars, Joel Lonfat and Bettina Kreissl-Lonfat tell us why he's so important to the Church, what his major writings meant, who influenced him, and even take us through the Five Ways to come to know God's existence. We also learn of the approval of a miracle in the cause of a Trappist monk, architect, and photographer from Spain, Blessed Brother Rafael. More on relics in the altar from Brazil, and why is St. Anthony the patron saint of lost objects? These topics and more on today's SaintCast. Bettina and Joel's website Books on Aquinas by Kenny and Torrell, Torrell on the Summa Patron Saint of diabetics, St. Paulina of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus Print your SaintCast flyers for posting here

49mins

10 Feb 2009

Rank #4

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SaintCast #26, St. Francis of Assisi, Archbishop Chaput on St. Francis, Francis's last testament, feedback at 312.235.2278

St. Francis as an animal and tree lover? Think again. Today we are honored to welcome to the SaintCast the Archbishop of Denver, Colorado, Charles J. Chaput, who is also a Capuchin Franciscan. Archbishop Chaput points to Francis as so much more -- a dynamic, charismatic leader and Church reformer of his time, who is a model for Church reform in all ages. He led by his humble example of following the Gospel "without gloss." He points to his Last Testament as particularly poignant written sentiments of Francis, read on the SaintCast today by Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, a Franciscan of the Third Order Regular. Franciscan music and more on today's special SaintCast in honor of the Feast of St. Francis. Feedback is welcome at 312.235.2278 or at saintcast@mac.com. Music by Johnny Proctor, "All Creatures of Our God and King," from soundclick.com. University of Notre Dame Liturgical Choir, http://www.nd.edu/~litchoir

37mins

4 Oct 2006

Rank #5

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SaintCast Episode #3, St. Sir Thomas More, A Man for All Seasons, more on St. Joseph, St. Jeopardy, other English saints

Nearly 500 years ago this week, Parliament passed the Act of Succession, making the children of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII heirs to the English throne. It was also proclaimed that subjects were to swear an oath to the King's supremacy over the Church in England. People who refused to take the oath were charge with treason. This set the stage for the martyrdom of this special saint, scholar and statesman. We also take another look at the life of St. Joseph, we look at the calendar of saints for this week, e-mail and audio feedback, St. Jeopardy, and more.

57mins

20 Mar 2006

Rank #6

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SaintCast #95, Must we believe in Miracles? Padre Pio unearthed, Damien soon to be saint? CUF,audio feedback @ +1.312.235.2278

A listener poses the question, "Is it necessary to believe in miracles to be Catholic?" We turn to saint expert, Fr. Jim Martin, of "My Life with the Saints." Saint news on Blessed Fr. Damien, Padre Pio, and St. George's Israel connection, and Paul goes to Italy, follow him on Twitter. Fr. Damien's miracle Catholics United for the Faith blog PilgrimCast St. Francis lessons

34mins

15 May 2008

Rank #7

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SaintCast #89, 150 Years of Lourdes, 5 yr wait waived for Sr. Lucia, St. Pat's parades?, St. Jeopardy, feedback +1.312.235.2278

Finally, a new SaintCast to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Virgin at Lourdes, France.  We discuss a number of new Saints-in-the-News stories, including a new document about how the Church proceeds in Causes of Saints.  Why St. Patrick's Day and St. Joseph's Day celebrations in America will be moved in many cases, a recent trip to New Orleans, and a new St. Jeopardy with an Oscar tie-in on this edition of the SaintCast.

46mins

4 Mar 2008

Rank #8

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SaintCast #93, Francis Xavier Seelos, 'Smiling Ascetic,' Pier Giorgio Frassati to Sydney, Jamaican feedback, +1.312.235.2278

Paul travels to New Orleans, Louisiana to talk with the Vice-postulator of the cause for sainthood of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. Tune in to learn about 'The Smiling Ascetic.'  Another T-shirt out to the St. Jeopardy winner, and a new quiz this week. Pier Giorgio Frassati's relics to Sydney? Feedback from Jamaica, and more. SaintCast #75  on Pier Giorgio Frassati Official site of Francis Xavier Seelos Curandero at Magnatune.com

27mins

16 Apr 2008

Rank #9

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SaintCast Episode #80, St. Cecilia, new Blessed Rosmini, VocationsCast, Indonesian greetings, audio feedback +1.312.235.2278

Fact or Fiction, Legend or History - who was the real St. Cecilia? And why is she the patron saint of Music? Tune in to SaintCast #80 to find out. Special Indonesian greetings from a listener in Perth. A new Blessed, whose writings were previously condemned by the Church. The resting place (s) of St. Josaphat, and a new podcast on vocations.

42mins

23 Nov 2007

Rank #10

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SaintCast Episode #39, St. John Bosco, boxing's patron, JPII relic, 1st Maltese saint, Hindu seat of soul, fback 312.235.2278

Who could be Rocky's patron Saint? The Relicman returns with a series on electronic simony. I just received my 2nd class relic of JPII and you can request one, too. Listen in to find out how. Feedback on where Hinduism sees the "Seat of the Soul." We take a brief look at the miracles and marvels in the life of one of the saints on this week's liturgical calendar, St. John Bosco. Paul's pronunciation gaffes, interesting revelations in an upcoming book about John Paul II, and the story of the mysterious dog that accompanied St. John Bosco, on this week's SaintCast.

59mins

2 Feb 2007

Rank #11

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SaintCast Episode #33, Doctors of the Church, Teresa of Avila, Saint book review, 3 lbs. We hardly knew you, 312.235.2278

This SaintCast is sponsored by Terri of Jefferson City, Missouri. Who are the 'Doctors of the Church?' In this episode we introduce a new segment on the Doctors of the Church, and profile our first Doctor, Teresa of Avila. A number of great Saints in the calendar for this week including Francis Xavier, St. John Damascene, St. Juan Diego, and Jolly Old St. Nicholas! The new TV series on neurosurgery . . DOA after only 3 episodes. '"3 lbs. we hardly knew you." More audiofeedback on the Seat of the Soul, and a Saint book review from the CatholicComuter, at catholiccomuter@blogspot.com. Gratefully, no SaintCast crooning on this episode, but great podsafe Advent music from Dusty Hughes, at dustyhughes.com, and Saintly music from the Notre Dame Liturgical choir.

50mins

5 Dec 2006

Rank #12

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SaintCast Episode #41, Michelangelo and the soul, Sr. Lucia of Fatima,St. Jeopardy returns, feedback 312.235.2278

Did Michelangelo leave a secret at the center of the great Sistine Chapel ceiling? Should we call it the "Buonarotti Code?" Join us as we explore what might be the great Renaissance artist's conception of the "endowment of the soul" and the intellect of man rather than "The Creation of Adam." We hear of new Saint news that Sr. Lucia of Fatima might be soon on the fast track to canonization, according to the prefect for the Congregation of the Causes of Saints. A lot of feedback on where to write for the 2nd class relic of John Paul II . . try the following e-mail address: postulazione.segreteria@vicariatusurbis.org We devote much of this podcast to great feedback on a variety of issues, including a number of new saints to profile in the weeks to come. The long awaited answer to the last St. Jeopardy question, and you can try your hand at a new question. 

57mins

20 Feb 2007

Rank #13

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SaintCast #110, "I am the Immaculate Conception," soundseeing at the grotto at Lourdes, audio feedback +1.312.235.2278

150 years ago, a 14 year old girl saw another 'girl' in the niche of a grotto along the River Gave. She said she was 'the Immaculate Conception.' Today Paul takes you there to experience the 'sights' and sounds of the sanctuary at Lourdes. Come experience a visit to the Grotto at Massabielle, visit the tiny Cachot where she lived in a one room former prison with her family, and hear the candlelight procession of thousands. There's still time to respond with the answer to the question of which relics are in your church's altar. . and win some SaintCast swag. Catholic Family Podcast Catholic New Media Roundup's Advent Calendar Song of Bernadette

42mins

9 Dec 2008

Rank #14

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SaintCast Episode #60, Jerome Lejeune, Man on Street-Chicago, Justin Martyr,Down's syndrome, Relicman,feedback +1.312.235.2278

Paul goes to Chicago for another SaintCast "Man-on-the-Street" interview, Saints of the Week including St. Bede, Joan of Arc, and Justin Martyr.  We have a saintly profile of French Geneticist Dr. Jerome Lejeune who discovered the genetic basis of Down's syndrome.  We talk relics with  Tom Serafin-'The Relicman.'  

38mins

31 May 2007

Rank #15

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SaintCast Episode #82, Feedback and more, St. John of the Cross, new podcast from Wales, Saint Joke of week, +1.312.235.227

What do a physics professor, Philmont Boy Scouts, a Dominican friar at Midway Airport, college students from Milwaukee, Penn State, and Fordham have in common? They've all sent in feedback that has yet to be played on the SaintCast - until now! Listen in on the Feedback special, some biographical notes on St. John of the Cross, and a preview of a new podcast from Wales, as well as the Saint JOKE of the WEEK.

43mins

18 Dec 2007

Rank #16

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SaintCast Episode #61, St. Charles of Mount Argus, Favorite patron saint, saint movie database, feedback +1.312.235.2278

The Curt Jester, Jeff Miller, joins us for our new segment interviewing podcasters and bloggers, asking "Who is your favorite Patron Saint?" Four new saints this past weekend, including a Dutch-born priest who spent most of his life in Ireland. A new St. Jeopardy quiz, a database for Saint movies, and the week's saint calendar on SaintCast 61. The Curt Jester's blog

37mins

5 Jun 2007

Rank #17

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SaintCast #90, Orthodox Saints, Man-on-Street New Orleans, John XXIII & jokes, Cause begun for Msgr Quinn, call +1.312.235.2278

Today we discuss Orthodox Saints with an Orthodox priest, a SaintCast man-on-the-street interview in New Orleans, Bl. John XXIII and Saint Jokes of the Week, and the Saint who invented "Atonement" with a new St. Jeopardy on this week's SaintCast. Fr. Jervis's book on Msgr. Quinn Manly Catholic Podcast with Doug Mumphrey Shepherd of Souls and Facing East Podcasts with Fr. Peter Preble Fr. Jim Martin's Laughing with the Saints

46mins

18 Mar 2008

Rank #18

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SaintCast Episode #67, Compostela recap, questions on Korean apparition, Dying Man's blog, OntheU, fback +1.312.235.2278

While I'm in the New Mexico mountains, we recap the long pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela made recently by SaintCast listener Steve Nelson and friends.  We talk about news about a questionable apparition in Korea, feedback on the blog of someone living with cancer, and preview of SaintCasts to come on SaintCast #67. On the U Catholic podcast Bill Howdle's Dying Man's Daily Journal

37mins

27 Jul 2007

Rank #19

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SaintCast #99, Gemma Galgani and Soundseeing in Lucca, Italy, one more show to 100, feedback at +1.312.235.2278

Did you ever read about saints who spoke with Jesus, their guardian angels? Here's the story of a young Italian woman, the first saint of the 20th century, and how and where she lived in the beautiful walled city of Lucca. Paul and daughter Laura explore the ancient city of Lucca in Tuscany, and discuss the young Italian saint, Gemma Galgani. Our saint profile today courtesy of listener Bob D'Aurelio. Pictures at www.SaintCast.org Music from Magnatune.com, Ensemble Vermillian, Stolen Jewels

37mins

5 Jul 2008

Rank #20