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Goswin Nickel (1582, Koslar, North-Westphalia (Germany) - 31 July 1664, Rome) was a German Jesuit priest, elected the 10th Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

He was chosen less than a week after the death of his predecessor Aloisius Gottifredi, on 17 March 1652.

During these years the quarrels with the Jansenist theologians were growing more and more acrimonious, especially in France where Blaise Pascal, French scientist, philosopher and jansenist sympathizer was leading the attack on the Jesuits. The great controversy on the Chinese Rites (1645) continued. Owing to his great age, Father Nickel obtained from the 11th General Congregation the election of Gian Paolo Oliva as vicar-general with right of succession (on 7 June, 1661). This was approved by Alexander VII.

Preceded by
Aloisius Gottifredi
Superior General of the Society of Jesus
1652 – 1664
Succeeded by
Gian Paolo Oliva
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