THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY
Historical Events in Church Annals for July 8:
Death of Blessed Pope Eugene III, 167th successor of Peter. He was forced to flee Rome several times because of the feuding and conniving Roman family power struggles, but he was able to complete the institution of the Sacred College and began construction of the Papal Palace.
Death of Saint Godelina, who was strangled to death by her husband during childbirth. The child was born blind, but through Godelina's Heavenly intercession was healed.
Death of Pope Gregory XV, 234th successor of Peter. During his two year reign he encouraged the Irish and assisted the Catholic restoration in France. Greatly interested in the missions, he instituted the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.