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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 (1504-01-17)17 January 1504
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. He is a saint of the Catholic Church.

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, and he took the name Michele.


Ghislieri was ordained as a priest in 1528.


Pope Paul IV made him Bishop of Sutri.


Paul IV raised Ghislieri to the rank of cardinal.

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


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

Pope Pius was involved in Italian and European political disputes.

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

Pope Pius excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I of England.

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

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.

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

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The Coat of Arms of Pius V
Preceded by
Pius IV
Succeeded by
Gregory XIII

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