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Pope Pius V

1504 - 1572

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Pope Pius V, OP (Italian: Pio V; 17 January 1504 – 1 May 1572), born Antonio Ghislieri (from 1518 called Michele Ghislieri), was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 8 January 1566 to his death in May 1572. He is venerated as a saint of the Catholic Church. He is chiefly notable for his role in the Council of Trent, the Counter-Reformation, and the standardization of the Roman Rite within the Latin Church, known as Tridentine mass. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Pius V has received more than 736,159 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Pope Pius V is the 105th most popular religious figure (up from 111th in 2019), the 117th most popular biography from Italy (up from 130th in 2019) and the 25th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Pius V was most famous for being the pope who excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I of England.

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Among religious figures, Pope Pius V ranks 105 out of 2,238Before him are Francis Xavier, Pope Clement V, Saint Sebastian, Agatha of Sicily, Bilal ibn Rabah, and Albertus Magnus. After him are Elizabeth, Esther, Pope Pius III, Pope Urban VIII, Salome, and Pope Clement I.

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Among people born in 1504, Pope Pius V ranks 1After him are Sin Saimdang, Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse, Francesco Primaticcio, Beatrice of Portugal, Duchess of Savoy, Heinrich Bullinger, John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford, Guru Angad, Scipione Rebiba, Louis of Granada, and Charles Estienne. Among people deceased in 1572, Pope Pius V ranks 1After him are Sigismund II Augustus, Bronzino, Şah Sultan, Jeanne d'Albret, Túpac Amaru, Gaspard II de Coligny, Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía, John Knox, Isaac Luria, Longqing Emperor, and Catherine of Austria, Queen of Poland.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Pius V ranks 117 out of 4,668Before him are Silvio Berlusconi (1936), Juan Carlos I of Spain (1938), Cato the Elder (-243), Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (1768), Agatha of Sicily (235), and Scipio Africanus (-235). After him are Victor Emmanuel II of Italy (1820), Cardinal Mazarin (1602), Sulla (-138), Cesare Borgia (1475), Pope Pius III (1439), and Pope Urban VIII (1568).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Pius V ranks 25Before him are Pope Pius X (1835), Pope Benedict XV (1854), Pope Paul III (1468), Pope Leo XIII (1810), Pope Innocent III (1160), and Agatha of Sicily (235). After him are Pope Pius III (1439), Pope Urban VIII (1568), Pope Clement I (40), Pope Gregory XVI (1765), Pope Gregory IX (1160), and Pope Gregory XV (1554).