Pope Saint Pius V has a vision announcing the victory of Lepanto

October 11, 2010

In the afternoon of that same day, the 7th of October, 1571, the Pope was walking about his room, listening to the relation by his treasurer, Mons. Busotti de Bibiana, of various businesses committed to his care; the Pope suffered terribly from stone, and as usually the pain attacked him while seated, he had to receive and to do his business standing up or walking up and down. He stopped suddenly in the middle of the room and put out his head in the attitude of one listening, at the same time making a sign to Busotti to be silent. Then he went to the window, which he threw open wide, leaning out, still silent and in the same listening attitude. Busotti on seeing the face of the old Pontiff suddenly transfigured, his tearful blue eyes turned to heaven with an ineffable expression, and his joined and trembling hands raised; Busotti’s hair stood on end as he understood that something supernatural and divine was happening, and thus he remained for more than three minutes, as the same treasurer afterwards declared on oath.

Painting by Lazzaro Baldi 1673, located in Ghislieri College of Pavia, where Pope St. Pius V had taught theology —- as altered by



Then the Pope shook off his ecstasy, and with a face radiant with joy, said to Busotti, “This is not the time for business. Let us return thanks to God for victory over the Turks.”



And he retired to his oratory, says Busotti, stumbling, and with beautiful lights coming from his forehead. The treasurer hastened to acquaint the prelates and Cardinals with what had happened, and these ordered that at once a record should be made, noting all the circumstances of time and place, and that it should be deposited, sealed up, at a notary’s office. On the 26th of October a messenger from the Doge of Venice, Mocenigo, arrived in Rome, to announce the victory of Lepanto, and three or four days later the Conde de Priego, sent by D. John to give an account of the details of the battle.

Then they made a calculation, allowing for the different meridians of Rome and the Curzolari Isles, and they found that the Pope’s vision announcing the triumph of Lepanto took place exactly when D. John of Austria jumped, sword in hand, from the quarter-deck to drive back the Turks who were invading his galley, and when the “Sultana” was being attacked on the side and at the stern by the Marqués de Santa Cruz and Marco Antonio Colonna. Then they gave much importance to this event, and it afterwards figured with all its proofs and documents in the proceedings of the canonization of Pius V, from which we have taken them.


Rev. Fr. Luis Coloma, The Story of Don John of Austria, trans. Lady Moreton, (New York: John Lane Company, 1912), pp. 272-273.

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  1. Wow. I love stories like this. It reinvigorates my hope that our country does have a chance.

    This reminds me of the former Baroness von der Heydt (may be misspelling that) who came to speak at our school on how Russia’s communist regime was brought down by a thousand points of light – light generated by people who prayed for intercession. It was the light that energized the people who fought against such a powerful evil both clandestinely and overtly. It was such a powerful speech that no one moved a muscle for two hours as she spoke.

    She had been working in journalism, way back then, as a reporter in W. Germany and then later, she worked with the refugee women and children who fled to the west when the wall came down. After conducting so many interviews, both as a reporter and as an aide to refugees, she said she realized the unseen force that was really behind the fall of Communism. It was so powerful a revelation to her, that she became a Christian. Prior to that, she had not been religious at all.

    So, yes, let’s all keep praying for our nation. It works.

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