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Unusual moments in papal history

POSTED: 09:56 AM PST Feb 11, 2013    UPDATED: 08:12 AM PST Feb 12, 2013 

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

Pope Moments - Peter
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Saint Peter (32-67 AD) -- According to Catholic beliefs, Peter was the first pope and the focus of Roman Emperor Nero's ire. Nero sent an order for Peter's arrest, and although Peter escaped, it is said a vision of Jesus inspired him to return to Rome and accept his martyrdom. He was ultimately crucified.


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