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On Saturday, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will both be named saints. In light of their canonization, take a look back at a few of the notable, unusual and surprising moments throughout papal history.
Pope Sixtus II (August 257-August 258) -- Roman Emperor Valerian sent out a decree condemning Christian priests, bishops and deacons to death. While giving a sermon, Pope Sixtus II was captured by the emperor’s men and beheaded -- the first victim of the infamous 258 Persecutions.
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