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Pope St. Pius V

Saint Pius V

Pope & Confessor

Antonio Ghislieri was born to a poor northern Italian noble family in 1504. At a young age he joined the Order of Preachers, taking the name Michael. Pope Paul IV made him a bishop in 1557, and soon appointed him cardinal and inquisitor general. Cardinal Ghislieri continued to serve under Pope Pius IV, and reluctantly succeeded that pontiff in the year of Our Lord 1565, thanks to the efforts of St. Charles Borromeo. The new Pope Pius V immediately donated many papal funds to charity, and often visited the sick and poor himself. He led an austere life, and promoted moral reform throughout the Church and the city of Rome. Pius also enforced the council of Trent, and promulgated the great Tridentine Missal that codified the ancient Roman Rite. He took firm action against the Protestant heresies, encouraging the Counter-Reformation and excommunicating Queen Elizabeth I. Pius also supported the armies of Christendom against the menace of the Muslim Turks, and led a rosary crusade that resulted in the great naval victory of the Holy League at Lepanto. After a reign of just over six years, Pius V died in the year of Our Lord 1572.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for May 5th

AT Rome, pope St. Pius V, of the Order of Preachers, who labored zealously and successfully for the re-establishment of ecclesiastical discipline, the extirpation of heresies, the destruction of the enemies of the Christian name, and governed the Catholic Church by holy laws and the example of a saintly life.

Also at Rome, St. Crescentiana, martyr.

In the same city, St. Sylvanus, martyr.

At Alexandria, St. Euthymius, deacon, who died in prison for Christ.

At Thessalonica, the birthday of the holy martyrs Irenaeus, Peregrinus and Irenes, who were burned alive.

At Auxerre, the martyrdom of St. Jovinian, lector.

At Leocata, in Sicily, St. Angelus, a priest of the Order of Carmelites, who was murdered by the heretics for defending the Catholic faith.

At Jerusalem, St. Maximus, bishop and confessor, whom the Caesar Maximian Galerius condemned to work in the mines, after having plucked out one of his eyes and branded him on the foot with hot iron.

At Edessa, in Syria, St. Eulogius, bishop and confessor.

At Arles, in France, St. Hilary, bishop, noted for his learning and holiness.

At Vienne, the bishop St. Nicetus, a man venerable for his sanctity.

At Bologna, St. Theodore, a bishop who was eminent for merits.

The same day, St. Sacerdos, bishop of Saguntum.

At Milan, St. Geruntius, bishop.

In the same city, the conversion of St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church, whom the blessed bishop Ambrose instructed in the Catholic faith, and baptized on this day.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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