The BBC is running an interesting radio series on “Ten Popes who Changed History”. Eamon Duffy of Magdalen College, Cambridge, author of the important history The Stripping of the Altars and, more recently, of Marking the Hours, is the host. The segments, which are each about 15 minutes in duration, discuss the lives and legacies of these Popes: St. Peter (c.30-c.64), Leo the Great (440-461), St. Gregory the Great (590-604), Gregory VII (1073-1085), Innocent III (1198-1216), Paul III (1534-1549), Pius IX (1846-1878), Pius XII (1939-1958), Blessed John XXIII (1958-1963), and John Paul II (1978-2005). That’s a rather heavy emphasis on the last 100 years, but I suppose that’s okay. The series is on-going until November 2.