Pope Boniface VIII was killed because he dared stand up to the King of France. The king wanted the church to pay their fair share of their taxes. Naturally, the most Christian pope found the idea that the church should pay taxes egregious so he excommunicated the king. The pope declared himself the supreme ruler on earth, with all the kings and princes as his vassals. The king was not having that so he sent his thugs to beat the pope up. The pope died a few days later.<quoted text>
Many-many of the popes in the past died of poison and other human-created methods of murder.
For quite a stretch there, the "natural cause" of a pope dying, was poison by the next-in-line.
Here are 6 who practiced the holy tradition of murdering their predecessors:
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The king was a good christian just like the pope. He had the Knights Templar arrested on false charges so he could seize their great wealth. The king pressured fellow good Christian Clement V to agree to their conviction on faulty charges.http://en.wikipedia.or g/wiki/Pope_Clement_V
Good Christian Clement and his predecessor as well as his successors sanctioned the English invasion of Scotland and England's cruel rule there(remember Braveheart)