Sixtus V: A poor friar from a tenant farming family becomes the friends of saints and then a reforming Pope.
In this episode of Habemus Papam, Fr. Conrad discusses Sixtus V, who succeeded Gregory XIII, famous for the Gregorian Calendar, which we still use today. You can listen to the podcast about him here.
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Born Felice Piergentile on December 13, 1521 at Grottammare to Francesco Piergentile, also known as Peretto di Montalto, and Mariana da Fontillo. At twelve years old, Felice entered the Franciscan Order as a novice and her took the name Friar Felix. He began philosophical and theological studies and finished in the Franciscan Magna Domus of Bologna in September 1544.
Pope Pius V made him apostolic vicar of the Franciscan Order and made him a Cardinal in 1570. Gregory XIII died and the College of Cardinals elected Felice on April 24, 1585 and he took the name Pope Sixtus V, in honor of Pope Sixtus IV, also a Franciscan. Pope Sixtus V’s mission was reform.
On August 27, 1590, Pope Sixtus V died of malaria.