The Pontifical North American College

June 29, 2015

Catholic Bytes Podcast


Today’s solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul commemorates these two apostles who were called by Christ to preach the Gospel to all nations. Following on their example, trusting in their intercession, and heeding the call of the recent Popes to renew efforts in  evangelization even to the “peripheries”, a group of seminarians and priests from the Pontifical North American College have come together to create Catholic Bytes: a free, dynamic podcast about the Catholic faith designed with busy people in mind. The podcast launches today and features 5-10 minute episodes on topics related to all areas of Catholicism, such as Scripture, liturgy, dogma, spirituality, apologetics, and the saints.

The podcast’s main website can be reached through the link below. The podcast also has Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages and can be accessed on iTunes (links below).



For more information about the podcast, see the below description of the podcast by recently-ordained co-founder Rev. Andrew Mattingly of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO:

“Catholic Bytes is a dynamic podcast of short, 5-10 minute talks given by a wide variety of speakers. It covers all areas of Catholicism, including fundamentals, Scripture, dogma, morals, liturgy, spirituality, saints, Church history, apologetics, and even some personal testimonies.

The podcast is an initiative of American seminarians and priests in Rome.  The goal is to use digital media so that great Catholic speakers based in Rome, including priests, seminarians, religious brothers and sisters, and dedicated laypeople, can reach an English-speaking audience around the globe.  All the speakers are experts on the topic they present or have a deep personal interest in that topic.

CatholicBytes is intended for busy people, someone who works a 9-5 job or who is a full-time student, and who finds their time already stretched.  The short nature of each episode is designed to make it convenient to listen to while driving to school or work.  The content of each episode explains the truths of the Catholic faith in an engaging yet easy-to-understand way, making the podcast attractive for both Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

In addition to being personally informative, CatholicBytes is also a great tool for evangelization and catechesis. Any episode can provide a great introduction to explaining a particular topic in further detail, whether that be in the context of a parish RCIA class, a Catholic high school classroom, or just daily conversations with family, friends, and co-workers.

New episodes are released every Monday and Wednesday.  Additionally, on the first Friday of every month, there is an episode on the life of a particular saint.”