From resignations to drownings and beheadings, the papacy is full of unusual and surprising moments.
Pope Boniface VIII (1294-1303) -- In September 1303, an army led by a prominent Italian family kidnapped Pope Boniface VIII and demanded that he abdicate. Held in captivity for multiple days, he refused. Boniface survived the attack and returned to Rome only to die a month later.
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