Is there a reason why there has not been a black or hispanic pope yet?
Asked by Anonymous at 9:35 PM on Mar. 17, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by lfl at 9:37 PM on Mar. 17, 2010
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Answer by MELRN at 9:56 PM on Mar. 17, 2010
Well there have been 3 African popes - Pope Victor I (189 to 199); Pope Miltiades (310/311 to 314); and Pope Gelasius I (492 to 496). They actual race is not known, but at least Miltiades appears to have been a native of Africa. So I don't know if you can really say there have been no black popes. And there have been Spanish Popes too like Pope Callixtus III and Alexander VI so there have been Hispanic popes (or popes of Spanish descent). Wiki has a list of popes by nationality - which I assume is probably accurate. Interestingly there hasn't been an American pope. In the 2,000+ years of Christianity there has been only 265 popes - so there's a pretty limited opportunity to be pope. But there's no racial requirements related to being pope.
Answer by eringobrough at 11:12 PM on Mar. 17, 2010
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