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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.

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Pope Benedict XVI (2005-Present) -- Scandal also struck the current papacy in 2012, when a papal butler leaked personal and official documents to an Italian journalist, implicating the Vatican in nepotism and corruption. Pope Benedict XVI later granted his ex-butler a Christmas pardon.

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