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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 - Peter
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Saint Peter (32-67 AD) -- According to Catholic beliefs, Peter was the first pope and the focus of Roman Emperor Nero's ire. Nero sent an order for Peter's arrest, and although Peter escaped, it is said a vision of Jesus inspired him to return to Rome and accept his martyrdom. He was ultimately crucified.

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