Pope Pius V

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Pius V
Papacy began 7 January 1566
Papacy ended 1 May 1572
Predecessor Pope Pius IV
Successor Pope Gregory XIII
Personal details
Birth name Antonio Ghislieri
Born 17 January 1504(1504-01-17)
Died 1 May 1572(1572-05-01) (aged 68)

Other Popes named Pius

Pope Pius V (Latin: Pius V; 17 January 1504 – 1 May 1572), born Antonio Ghislieri and from 1518 called Michele Ghislieri, O.P., was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 226th Pope from 1566 to 1572.[1] He is a saint of the Catholic Church.[2]

Early Life[change | edit source]

Antonio Ghislieri was born at Bosco in what is now the province of Alessandria, Piedmont), Italy. As a youth, he entered the Dominican Order,[3] and he took the name Michele.

Priest[change | edit source]

Ghislieri was ordained as a priest in 1528.[3]

Bishop[change | edit source]

Pope Paul IV made him Bishop of Sutri.[4]

Cardinal[change | edit source]

Paul IV raised Ghislieri to the rank of cardinal.[4]

Pope Pius IV (1559–65) made Cardinal Ghislieri the Bishop of Mondovi in Piedmont.[3] When Bishop Ghislieri became a cardinal, he did not replace his white Dominican habit with the red robes which most cardinals wore.[5]

Pope[change | edit source]

Cardinal Ghislieri was elected pope on 7 January 1566;[6] and he chose to be called Pius V.

Pope Pius was involved in Italian and European political disputes.[3]

In the context of the Counter-Reformation, this pope supported the Inquisition in Italy.[7]

Pope Pius excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I of England.[3]

Pius V is credited as the first pope to wear white robes; and since his papacy, white clothing has become traditional.[8]

After his death[change | edit source]

Pius V died on 1 May 1572. His tomb is located in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore; and the pope's body was placed in it in 1698.

Saint[change | edit source]

Pius V was beatified by Pope Clement X in the year 1672.[3]

Pope Clement XI made Pius a saint on 24 May 1712.[3]

Related pages[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

The Coat of Arms of Pius V
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-02.
  2. Durant, Will and Ariel Durant. (1961). Age of Reason Begins, Vol. 7, pp. 238-239.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 "Pope St. Pius V," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-10-31.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Pius IV," Encyclopedia Britannica (1911), Vols. 21-22, pp. 684-685.
  5. Feldman, David. (2005). Do Elephants Jump? p. 79.
  6. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1833). "Pius V," Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 18, pp. 198-199.
  7. Gallenga, Antonio Carlo Napoleone. (1841). Italy: General Views of Its History and Literature in Reference to Its Present State, Vol. II, p. 99.
  8. Trigilio, John et al. (2003). Catholicism for Dummies, p. 48.

Other websites[change | edit source]

Media related to Pius V at Wikimedia Commons


Preceded by
Pius IV
Pope
1566–1572
Succeeded by
Gregory XIII