From resignations to drownings and beheadings, the papacy is full of unusual and surprising moments.
Pope Leo X (1513-1521) -- After draining the papal treasury, he began selling off pieces of Vatican furniture and introduced the idea of selling "indulgences" as a way to make up lost funds -- essentially allowing sinners to buy their way out of damnation.
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