|Pope Gregory VIII|
AKA Alberto de Morra
Birthplace: Benevento, Italy
Location of death: Pisa, Italy
Cause of death: unspecified
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Executive summary: Roman Catholic Pope, 1187
Gregory VIII, Roman Catholic Pope from the 21st of October to the 17th of December 1187, a native of Benevento and Praemonstratensian monk, successively abbot of St. Martin at Laon, cardinal-deacon of San Adriano al foro, cardinal-priest of San Lorenzo in Lucina, and chancellor of the Roman Church, was elected to succeed Urban III. Of amiable disposition, he hastened to make peace with emperor Henry VI and promised not to oppose the latter's claim to Sicily. He addressed general letters both to the bishops, reminding them of their duties to the Roman Church, especially of their required visits ad limina, and to the whole Christian people, urging a new crusade to recover Jerusalem. He died at Pisa while engaged in making peace between the Pisans and Genoese in order to secure the help of both cities in the Third Crusade. His successor was Pope Clement III.
Roman Catholic Pope 21-Oct-1187 to 17-Dec-1187
Roman Catholic Cardinal 1155
Religious Mission: Papal Crusade
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