(Saint) Pope (May 5) (16th century) Michael Ghislieri, of the noble Bolognese family of that name, was born in Piedmont (A.D. 1504). At the age of fourteen he entered the Dominican Order, and, when ordained priest, acquired distinction as a preacher. He became successively Bishop and Cardinal, and at the death of Pius IV (A.D. 1559), succeeded him as Pius V. He reformed many abuses and strenuously insisted on the observance of the Decrees of the great Council of Trent, then just terminated. To his endeavours and prayers is due the great naval victory of Lepanto (A.D. 1571), by which the Turkish menace to Christendom was definitely checked. Saint Pius V died A.D. 1572. His shrine is in Saint Mary Major’s in Rome.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Pius V”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 November 2016. Web. 23 February 2017. <>