Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Who knew?
It appears that there has already been a black Pope. Mark Steyn points out: "We live in a present-tense culture where novelty is its own virtue: the Guardian, for example, has already been touting the Nigerian Francis Arinze as 'candidate for first black pope'. This would be news to Pope St Victor, an African and pontiff from 189 to 199. Among his legacies: the celebration of Easter on a Sunday."

I, certainly, had no idea.

5 comments:

Irina Tsukerman said...

Not only was there one African Pope, but there were THREE African Popes (can't remember the names, but one of them definitely started with an M). All three were sainted.

Me said...

What good is a comment like that if you can't even name the Popes?

Me said...

There were three African Popes who came from the region of North Africa. Although there are no authentic portraits of these popes, there are drawings and references in the Catholic Encyclopedia as to their being of African background. The names of the Three African Popes are: Victor (183-203 A.D.), Gelasius (492-496 A.D.), and Mechiades or Militiades (311-314 A.D.). All are saints.


Maybe these are the men you are talking about? This was the fourth entry on the the first page that came up for the Google search "black popes" Here's more

Irina Tsukerman said...

This whole thing is as new to me. In fact, I heard it for the first time today. Since I don't know much about the history of the Church (unfortunately), those names sounded pretty foreign to me and I didn't remember them. Thanks for clearing up the confusion!

Me said...

I am not claiming to be a Church historian. I had no idea there were black popes until this post. My argument is that a quick search on Google could have provided you with the answers and a more informative comment.