Friday, April 30, 2010

Feast Day: St. Pope Pius V ... protector of the Congregation of the doctrine of the Church

We finish off April with yet another Dominican saint (I think they're following us!).  St. Pope Pius V, born in 1504, entered the Dominicans at 1518.  Taking the name Pius when he was elected pope in 1566, Pius carried out many of the reforms promulgated at the Council of Trent.  He oversaw completion of the Roman catechism, cheered on Christians in the fight with the Turks that culminated in the Battle of Lepanto, and spread devotion to the Madonna of the Rosary (this link will take you to Women for Faith & Family's website page where they explain this painting by Lorenzo Lotto):

May the apostolic zeal, the constant pursuit of holiness, and the love of the Virgin, which characterized the life of Saint Pius V, stimulate all.
Venerable Pope John Paul II

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