Ginés Jesús Hernández

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Ginés Jesús Hernández
Pope Gregory XVIII of Palmarian Catholic Church and third Pope of the
Palmarian Catholic Church
ChurchPalmarian Catholic Church
SeeEl Palmar de Troya
Papacy began15 July 2011
Papacy ended22 April 2016
PredecessorPeter II (Palmarian claimant)
SuccessorPeter III (Palmarian claimant)
Opposed toBenedict XVI
Personal details
Born (1959-07-01) 1 July 1959 (age 60)

Sergio María Ginés Jesús Hernández y Martínez (born 1 July 1959), known by his religious name as Sergio María and by his papal name as Gregory XVIII, is the former pope of the Palmarian Catholic Church. Hernández was in office from 2011 until his 2016 resignation.[1][2][a]

Hernández fell in love, lost his faith, resigned, and left the church. He has subsequently reconciled with the Catholic Church.[2][5]

Hernández is a former member of the Spanish Military. Hernández is a Carlist.

Between 2005 and 2011, Hernández served as church secretary of state under pope Manuel Corral (Peter II). After Corral's death, Hernández succeeded Corral, on 16 July 2011, as pope at El Palmar de Troya and adopted the papal name Gregory XVIII. Hernández nominated his successor Joseph Odermatt from Switzerland.

According to Professor Magnus Lundberg, of the University of Uppsala, Hernández resigned from his papacy on 22 April 2016 for marrying Nieves Trivedi, and was succeeded on 23 April 2016 by Odermatt who took Peter III as his papal name.[6]

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  1. ^ It is difficult to obtain reliable and verified information about the Palmarian sect, according to religious studies scholar Jean-François Mayer, since the sect neither announces news nor has an online presence.[3] Little is known about what happens inside the sect compound, according to ABC newspaper journalist Alberto Flores, who described the usual behavior of the sect as "habitual secrecy" (habitual ocultismo).[4]


  1. ^ "Gregorio XVIII, nuevo papa en el Palmar de Troya". (in Spanish). Madrid: Periodista Digital. 23 July 2011. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b Lundberg 2016; Mayer 2016; Macías 2016a; Macías 2016b.
  3. ^ Mayer 2016.
  4. ^ Flores 2016.
  5. ^ Martín-Arroyo, Javier (26 May 2016). "The Palmarian Catholic Church: A lie that lasted 40 years". El País.
  6. ^ Lundberg 2016.


Religious titles
Preceded by
Manuel Corral
Peter II
Palmarian Pope
Succeeded by
Joseph Odermatt
Peter III