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Gergory VIII
Papacy began 25 October 1187
Papacy ended 17 December 1187
Predecessor Pope Urban III
Successor Pope Clement III
Personal details
Birth name Alberto di Morra
Born c. 1100-1105
Benevento, Papal States, Holy Roman Empire
Died 17 December 1187
Republic of Pisa, Holy Roman Empire
Other Popes named Gregory

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.

Early life

Alberto di Morra was born in Benvenuo, Italy.


Pope Adrian IV made him a Cardinal in 1155.

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


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

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Preceded by
Urban III
Succeeded by
Clement III
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