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Q. 1. I heard that there is a secret Pope ruling at the Vatican and that he is called the "Black Pope." What can you tell me about this matter? Is it true?

A. 1. There is no black pope ruling the Catholic Church at the Vatican. The term "Black Pope" is a derogatory nickname used by the media when referring to the Superior General of the Society of Jesus. The Superior General of the Society of Jesus is the "Father General," appointed for life, of the Roman Catholic religious Order that is well known as the Jesuits. The nickname Black Pope is a reference to the priest's black cassock. The Pope wears a white garb.

The Jesuits never refer to their "Superior General" as the "Black Pope."

The term "Black Pope" originated around the 16th and 17th centuries in Protestant European countries as a criticism of the power held by the Jesuits within the Roman Catholic Church.

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