Joseph Odermatt

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Peter III
Supreme Pontiff of the Palmarian Catholic Church
Patriarch of El Palmar de Troya
Papacy began22 April 2016
PredecessorGregory XVIII
Opposed toFrancis (Vatican)
Personal details
Markus Josef Odermatt[1]

(1966-03-13)13 March 1966
DenominationPalmarian Catholic Church (claims to be Catholic Church)
Mottode Glória Ecclésiæ (Glory of the Church)

Pope Peter III (Latin: Petrus PP. III; Spanish: Pedro III; born Markus Josef Odermatt; 13 March 1966), also known by the religious name Eliseo María de la Santa Faz, is the 4th Pope of the Palmarian Catholic Church, who in this capacity, claims to be the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church from 22 April 2016 to the present.[3][a] He succeeded Pope Gregory XVIII (Ginés Jesús Hernández), to whom he had earlier served as Palmarian Secretary of State, after Hernández left the Palmarian Church and reconciled with the Vatican.[3]


Odermatt was born in Stans, Canton of Nidwalden in Switzerland. He claims to be a descendant of Saint Nicholas of Flüe. He joined the Order of Carmelites of the Holy Face in 1985 and worked for eighteen years as a missionary in South America. He served as the Order's Secretary of State from 2011 until 2016.[6] In 2016 he succeeded Ginés Jesús Hernández as Pope of the Palmarian Catholic Church, taking the papal name Peter III. He is seated at the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Crowned Mother of Palmar.

Some months later he published an encyclical letter, in which he accused his predecessor of discrediting his former Church and of stealing two million euros from the Palmarian Catholic Church, alongside several goods (including a BMW X6): he subsequently declared him an apostate, excommunicated him and declared all of his acts to be null and void. Hernández denies the charges of stealing.[7]

Odermatt disbanded the papal guard corp instituted by his predecessor, deeming it unnecessary for his security.[8] In 2018 he travelled to the United States for the first time to participate at a "Eucharistic, Marian and Josephine Congress".[9]

During his office, the Palmarian Catholic Church established an online presence for the first time, opening a website and accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and a channel on YouTube.[10][11]


  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 makes public announcements nor had an online presence until 2018.[4] 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).[5]


  1. ^ Lundberg 2016; Mayer 2016.
  2. ^ Mayer 2016; Macías 2016a.
  3. ^ a b Lundberg 2016; Mayer 2016; Macías 2016a; Macías 2016b.
  4. ^ Mayer 2016.
  5. ^ Flores 2016.
  6. ^ "His Holiness Pope Peter III – Iglesia Cristiana Palmariana".
  7. ^ Martín-Arroyo, Javier (2016-06-09). "El Papa de la Iglesia Palmariana acusa a su predecesor de robar joyas y un papamóvil". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  8. ^ Lundberg, Magnus (2016). "Papal Management by Fear:The Palmarian Pontificate of Gregory XVIII (2011-2016)" (PDF).
  9. ^ "O Papa Pedro III – Iglesia Catolica Palmariana". Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  10. ^ "Iglesia Catolica Palmariana". Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  11. ^ "Palmarian Internet Presence". Magnus Lundberg. 2020-01-23. Retrieved 2021-11-29.


Religious titles
Preceded by Palmarian Pope
Patriarch of El Palmar de Troya

Succeeded by
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Pope of the Catholic Church
(claim in rivalry with Vatican)

Succeeded by