First Pope to be assassinated

John VIII, was elected pope on December 14th 872 CE, replacing Adrian II, was assassinated in Rome by a member of a political conspiracy on December 16th, 882 CE.
      December 16, 882 CE
      John VIII
      Rome, Italy

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  • Pope John VIII – Wikipedia
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  • Murdered Popes: Crime and Conspiracy in the Vatican – ThoughtCo
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