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His rule was severe but his strictness was coupled with kindness.
To his religious he preached rather by example than by word, by his great piety, his scrupulous and most exact observance of the Rule, his severe mortifications and rigorous fasting.
He was baptized with the name Anthony but later took the name of Michael in honor of the Archangel St. His pious parents, though poor, were of ancient and noble family. His greatest delight was to be in church, praying the Rosary and hearing Mass daily.
His desire was to become a religious but his parents were too poor to afford him the studies.
(The journey from Milan to Alessandria takes about 1h 20min; the second train, leaving from Alessandria, reaches Frugarolo-Bosco Marengo in about 7 minutes.) You could even fit in Pavia, the final resting place of St. Bosco can also easily be reached by train from Turin or Genoa.
Also in Rome, in the Dominican convent and Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva (Piazza della Minerva 42, Rome; santamariasopraminerva.it) is a chapel of St.
Pius V with paintings of various episodes from his life. Catherine of Siena, Fra Angelico, and Pope Paul IV.) The Church was in deplorable condition when Pope St. It was a time of moral laxity and spiritual confusion.
Thus it was that 14 year old Anthony entered the Dominican monastery at Voghera.
[Other sources state that a well-off neighbor paid for him to study with the Dominicans.] He made remarkable progress in his studies and after two years was allowed to take the habit of St. The following year (1521) he made his solemn profession in the convent of Vigevano.
The Church was in desperate need of a holy, zealous, uncompromising and fearless Pope. Pius V – one of the greatest Pontiffs of all times – who in his short but glorious six year reign reformed discipline and morality of the Catholics, wiped out heresy in Italy, implemented the decrees of the Council of Trent, issued the Catechism, promulgated the Roman Missal, excommunicated Elizabeth I, and saved Europe from the Mohammedan menace.