From resignations to drownings and beheadings, the papacy is full of unusual and surprising moments.
Pope Benedict IX (1032-1048) -- One of the youngest popes, he was the only man to have been pope on more than one occasion and the only man ever to have sold the papacy after resigning in 1045. He was later excommunicated.
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