Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April 30: Pope Saint Pius V

Pope Saint Pius V
by August Kraus

History

His given name was Antonio Ghislieri, and he became a monk when he was only 14. Then, during a very difficult time in Christian history, he was called on to bring people back to holiness. He was so famous for his devotion to Christ, he was elected pope in 1566 and took the name Pius V. Then he worked even harder to make sure that all Catholics understood the teachings of the Church and how to love and follow Christ. When the Turks were threatening to invade Europe and get rid of Christianity, Pope Pius V organized a resisting force and got people to pray the Rosary all over Europe. The Europeans won the battle.

Activity

One of the things that Pope Pius V did was create the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Catechism collects all the teachings of the Church in an organized book, so it’s easy to look up the information you need. There are many different Catechisms, and you can read two of them online. The full catechism is here. The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is a simplified, question-and-answer version of the Catechism that is great for families. You can read the Compendium here. Today, use these online resources to look up the answer to a question you or somebody in your family has. Don’t forget to bookmark both resources!

Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us!

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