Pope Sixtus V
Pope Sixtus V born Felice Peretti di Montalto, was Pope
The Pope is the Bishop of Rome, a position that makes him the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church . In the Catholic Church, the Pope is regarded as the successor of Saint Peter, the Apostle...

 from 1585 to 1590.
The chronicler Andrija Zmajević
Andrija Zmajevic
Andrija Zmajević was a distinguished Serbian Baroque poet and contributor to the Roman Catholic Church from the Bay of Kotor...

 states that Felice's family originated from modern-day Montenegro
Montenegro Montenegrin: Crna Gora Црна Гора , meaning "Black Mountain") is a country located in Southeastern Europe. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the south-west and is bordered by Croatia to the west, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the northwest, Serbia to the northeast and Albania to the...

. Felice's father, Piergentile di Giacomo, had been born in Bjelske Kruševice, a village near Bijela
Bijela is a coastal town within the municipality of Herceg Novi, Montenegro. It is located north of Herceg Novi, by the Verige strait of the Kotor Bay...

 in the Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
The Bay of Kotor in south-western Montenegro is a winding bay on the Adriatic Sea. The bay, sometimes called Europe's southernmost fjord, is in fact a submerged river canyon of the disintegrated Bokelj River which used to run from the high mountain plateaus of Mount Orjen...

, into the Dalmatian
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 Šišić family; moving to Italy to escape the Turkish invasion, and settling in Ancona
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 as a gardener and subsequently a swineherd.

Felice Peretti was born in December 1520 at Grottammare
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, in the Papal States
Papal States
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, to Piergentile, nicknamed "Peretto", and Marianna da Frontillo.

What a valiant woman! It is a pity that Elizabeth and I cannot marry. Our children would have ruled the world!

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