From resignations to drownings and beheadings, the papacy is full of unusual and surprising moments.
Pope Marcellinus (June 296-April 304) -- This early church pope abdicated or was deposed in 304 after complying with the Roman emperor's order to offer sacrifice to the pagan gods.
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