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Answered 2011-06-13 19:26:43

There have been about 15 popes assassinated over the years. This number does not include quite a large number of very early popes who were martyred before Constantine the Great legalized Christianity. Nor does it include Pope John Paul I who died under mysterious circumstances that many think was an assassination.

The 15 popes that have been either murdered or rumored murdered...

John VIII (872-882): Poisoned and clubbed to death

Adrian III, St. (884-885): Rumored poisoned

Stephen VI (896-897): Strangled

Leo V (903): Murdered

John X (914-928): Suffocated under a pillow

Stephen VII (VIII) (928-931): Possibly murdered

Stephen VIII (IX) (939-942): Mutilated and died from injuries

John XII (955-964): Suffered a stroke while with a mistress

or murdered by an outraged husband

Benedict VI (973-974): Strangled by a priest

John XIV (983-984): Starved to death or poisoned

Gregory V (996-999): Rumored poisoned, probably malaria

Sergius IV (1009-1012): Possibly murdered

Clement II (1046-1047): Rumored poisoned

Damasus II (1048): Rumored murdered

Boniface VIII (1294-1303): Died from abuse received while a

captive of the French in Anagni

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