Pope Gregory VIII

Pope of the Roman Catholic Church in 1187

Pope Gregory VIII (Latin: Gregorius Octavus; c.1100 – 17 December 1187), born Alberto di Morra, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 174th Pope from 25 October 1073 until he died in 1085.[1]

Gergory VIII
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Papacy began25 October 1187
Papacy ended17 December 1187
PredecessorPope Urban III
SuccessorPope Clement III
Personal details
Birth nameAlberto di Morra
Bornc. 1100-1105
Benevento, Papal States, Holy Roman Empire
Died17 December 1187
Republic of Pisa, Holy Roman Empire
Other popes named Gregory

Early lifeEdit

Alberto di Morra was born in Benvenuo, Italy.[2]


Pope Adrian IV made him a Cardinal in 1155.[3]

He was one of two men sent to England by Pope Alexander III after the murder of St. Thomas a Becket.[3]


Cardinal Morra was elected pope on 11 October 1187.[3] and he chose to be called Gregory VIII.

Related pagesEdit


Emblem of the popes
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2013-3-10.
  2. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1838). "Gregory VIII," Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 11, p. 446.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Pope Gregory VIII," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-12-1.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Gregorius VIII at Wikimedia Commons

  •   "Pope Gregory VIII" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
  • "Gregory VIII (Pope)", Encyclopædia Britannica, 1911
  • Catholic Hierarchy, Popes in sequence
  • Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, Cardinal Morra Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine

Preceded by
Urban III
Succeeded by
Clement III