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The Blood-Red Crescent

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Catalog Code: 9781933184333

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Age Range: 8 and up

The might of Islam threatened his world.

It’s the year 1570. Fourteen-year-old Guido Callatta, son of a wealthy Venetian merchant, spends his free time roaming the docks, listening to the tales of gnarled old sailors, and dreaming of adventures at sea.

But his carefree life is about to change forever. Armies of Ottoman Turks threaten Europe from all sides, conquering Christian towns and forcing their people to convert. Moslem corsairs raid the coastlines at will.

Guido even hears talk of a massive Turkish fleet preparing to sail from the East, bent on destroying Europe’s forces once and for all. The Ottoman Sultan even boasts that he will set the crescent moon of Allah over the dome of St. Peter’s — a crescent stained red with the blood of Christians.

When Pope Pius V calls for the creation of a Holy League of men and ships to face down the Moslem armada, Guido vows to join the fight: for his family, for his city, for his Faith.

And although his father tells him he’s too young for war, soon he’s caught up in a whirlwind of knights and nobles, bloody battles and arduous journeys. Finally, Guido finds himself alongside Don John of Austria, who will lead the Holy League in its last desperate fight to save Christian Europe: the legendary Battle of Lepanto.

In this historical tale of Catholic heroism, courage, and holiness, readers of all ages will be reminded that when the Faith is threatened, extraordinary valor may be demanded of any one of us — even the very young.


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St. Pius V

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/30

Patron Of: Bosco Marengo, Italy

Also known as
    Antonio Ghisleri
    Giovanni Michele Ghisleri
    Michael Ghisleri
    Michele Ghislieri

    30 April
    formerly 5 May

    Born to impoverished Italian nobility, the son of Paolo Ghislieri and Domenica Augeria. Worked as a shepherd as a boy. Received an excellent education in piety and holiness, including a scholastic education from a Dominican friar; he joined the Order in 1518, taking the name Michele. Studied in Bologna, Italy. Ordained in 1528 in Genoa, Italy. Appointed teacher of philosophy and divinity in Genoa. Professor of theology in Pavia for sixteen years. Master of novices and prior of several Dominican houses, worked for stricter adherence to the Order's Rule. Inquisitor in Como and Bergamo, Italy. Commissary general of the Roman Inquisition in 1551. On 4 September 1556 Michael was ordained Bishop of Nepi and Sutri against his will. Inquisitor in Milan and Lombardy in 1556. Created cardinal on 15 March 1557. Grand inquisitor on 14 December 1558. Part of the conclave of 1559. Bishop of Mondovi, Italy on 17 March 1560. As bishop, Michael worked to lead his flock with words and examples, and served as a continual messenger encouraging personal piety and devotion to God. 225th pope.

    Upon his ascension to the papacy, Pius V immediately faced the task of enacting the reforms of the Council of Trent. New seminaries were opened, a new breviary, new missal, and new catechism were published; foundations were established to spread the Faith and preserve the doctrine of the Church. Pius spent much time personally working with the needy. Built hospitals and used the papal treasury to care for the poor. Pius faced many difficulties in the public forum, both in the implementation of the Tridentine reforms and interaction with other heads of state. Created 21 cardinals. At the time of his death he was working on a Christian European alliance to break the power of the Islamic states.

    17 January 1504 at Bosco, diocese of Alessandria, Lombardy, Italy as Antonio Ghisleri

Papal Ascension
    elected 7 January 1566
    crowned 17 January 1566

    1 May 1572 in Rome, Italy, apparently of a renal disorder
    buried in the chapel of San Andrea, Saint Peter's basilica, Vatican City

    1 May 1672 by Pope Clement X

    22 May 1712 by Pope Clement XI

    Bosco Marengo, Italy

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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