Pope Pius V

pope of the Catholic Church from 1566 to 1572, saint

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]

Pius V
Papacy began7 January 1566
Papacy ended1 May 1572
PredecessorPope Pius IV
SuccessorPope Gregory XIII
Personal details
Birth nameAntonio Ghislieri
Born(1504-01-17)17 January 1504
Died1 May 1572(1572-05-01) (aged 68)
Other popes named Pius

Early life


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.



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



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



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]

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


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.

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]



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 Chisholm, Hugh (1911). Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information. University Press. pp. 684–685.
  5. Feldman, David (2009). Do Elephants Jump?. Harper Collins. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-06-184343-3.
  6. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. C. Knight. 1840. pp. 198–199.
  7. Antonio Carlo Napoleone Gallenga (1841). Italy: General Views of Its History and Literature in Reference to Its Present State. Saunders and Otley. p. 99.
  8. Rev. John Trigilio, Jr. (2011). Catholicism For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. p. 48. ISBN 978-1-118-05378-2.

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Preceded by
Pius IV
Succeeded by
Gregory XIII