Book of Saints – Charles Borromeo


CHARLES BORROMEO (Saint) Bishop (November 4) (16th century) Of an ancient Lombard family, born near Milan (A.D. 1538). When only a youth rich Ecclesiastical preferment was bestowed upon him; and at the age of twenty-three he was made Archbishop of Milan and Cardinal, by his uncle, Pope Pius IV. In an age of lax discipline he was a model of austere virtue, living a life of penance and prayer, zealously visiting his Diocese and scrupulously employing his revenues for the good of the Church and of the poor. Much of the success of the Council of Trent is due to his indefatigable labours in the cause of reform. Evildoers on one occasion all but assassinated him. His devotedness to his flock during the Great Plague of 1576 made him almost worshipped by the Milanese. He went to his reward, November 4, 1584; and his body was enshrined under the High Altar of his Cathedral. He was canonised A.D. 1610.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Charles Borromeo”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 October 2012. Web. 18 June 2021. <>