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Unusual moments in papal history

Published On: Feb 11 2013 09:56:59 AM PST   Updated On: Feb 12 2013 08:12:12 AM PST

From resignations to drownings and beheadings, the papacy is full of unusual and surprising moments.

Pope Moments - Stephen I
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Pope Stephen I (May 254-August 257 AD) -- Pope Stephen I is said to have been sitting on his throne, celebrating Mass, when Emperor Valerian's men stormed the room and beheaded him where he sat. The blood-stained throne is alleged to have been preserved by the church until the 18th century.

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