Charles was the son of a rich Italian count and the nephew of Pope Pius IV. Like other wealthy young men, he went to University. But he was different from most of the students there and refused to take part in sinful activities.
He seemed to be a slow student because he was not a good speaker, but he really made good progress and became a lawyer at the age of twenty-one.
He was only twenty-three when his uncle, Pope Pius IV, gave him many important duties, which Charles managed to handle well. He was afraid that he might stray from God because of the many temptations around him so he denied himself many pleasures. He also made a great effort to be humble and patient.
As a priest and later the cardinal archbishop of
He was never a good speaker, people could barely hear him but his words reached the hearts of the people. When a terrible disease caused many deaths in
This great man was never too busy to help simple people. He once stayed with a little shepherd boy until he had taught him the Our Father and the Hail Mary.
As he lay dying at the age of forty-six,