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Unusual moments in papal history

Published On: Feb 11 2013 11:56:59 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 12 2013 10:12:12 AM CST

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

Pope Moments - Urban
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Pope Urban VI (1378-1389) -- He alienated his followers with a harsh leadership style, leading 13 French cardinals to flee Rome and choose their own pope, French Cardinal Robert of Geneva, who became Antipope Clement VII. The competing papacies launched the Western Schism that rocked the Catholic Church for four decades.

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