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Pope Saint Pius V
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Religious Figure
    (January 17, 1504-May 1, 1572)
    Born in Bosco, Italy
    Birth name was Antonio Ghidieri
    Adopted the first name Michele after joining the Order of Preachers, aka the Dominicans
    One time head of the Inquisition for the entire Catholic Church
    Pope of the Catholic Church (January 8, 1566 - May 1, 1572)
    Know for fierce integrity, honesty, and discipline
    Organized The Holy League, an alliance of Catholic countries who defeated the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571
    Made the first Sunday of October the Feast of the Rosary
    Recognized Saint Thomas Aquinas as a Doctor of the Church
    Patronized composer Giovanni Palestrina
    Canonized by Pope Clement XI (1712)
    Feast Day is April 30
    He was descended from Italian nobility.
    He joined his Dominican Order at the unusually (even for those times) early age of fourteen.
    He never worked in a parish as a priest.
    He expelled all Jews from the Papal States, except for some very wealthy and well-connected businessmen.
    His excommunication of Elizabeth I of England backfired and led to the increased persecution of Catholics in Great Britain.
    He fiercely fought against nepotism but made his own nephew a cardinal.
    He was flawlessly honest and fierce in rooting out corruption and heresy.
    As a cardinal, he put eight of his own bishops on trial.
    Remarkably humble, he actually begged with tears in his eyes not to be made pope.
    As pope he continued to visit the poor and hospitals, even bathing patients, and among his first acts as pope was to give large amounts of money to the poor.
    His continued wearing of the white robes of a Dominican priest as pope may be the reason popes wear all white robes.
    He had major public works projects undertaken in Rome while he was pope.
    He taught philosophy and theology for over fifteen years early in his priesthood.
    In his defense, his nephew was eminently qualified to be a cardinal and his family most definitely did not profit from his papacy.
    He forced bishops to live in their own dioceses and enforced the dictates of the Council of Trent.
    His reform of the liturgy was unchanged until the 1960's.

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