Saint Charles Borromeo coloring page: November 4th
Charles belonged to a very wealthy and influential Italian family. When he was in his 20s, his uncle became Pope Pius IV. He requested that Charles come to Rome, where he stayed for several years, working closely with his uncle. It is said that Charles was also responsible for having Pius reconvene the Council of Trent in 1562.
Despite his father’s death and the high status his family name carried, Charles longed for the priesthood. He was ordained in 1563. At Trent, he initiated great reforms, part of which included developing the Tridentine Catechism. He spent his priesthood implementing ways to strengthen and educate the clergy. He was also active in drawing lapsed Catholics back to the Church, assisting the poor and needy, and establishing seminaries.
When Charles’ brother died suddenly, his family desired that he quit the priesthood and return home to marry, thus carrying on the family name. He, however, had received his call from God. He remained a priest until his death and was canonized in 1610.
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