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Weird and wonderful, it all happened in August

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AD 897 PASSING OF A POPE

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When Pope Stephen VI was found strangled in a prison cell in August AD 897, it was no big surprise. Months earlier, he had conducted the so-called Cadaver Synod – the trial of his dead predecessor, Pope Formosus. The corpse was found guilty, among other charges, of seeking the papacy while still a bishop. Stephen chopped off three of the dead ponti 's fingers and had him buried in an anonymous grave before being dug up and flung into the River Tiber.

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