It seems distasteful of the Pope to be ordering celebrations for the massacre of thousands of Huguenots, but he viewed it as divine retribution on heretics. When Pope Gregory had heard news of the massacre, he ordered the singing of a Te Deum and ordered a commemorative medal to be struck. This medal depicted the Pope's head on one side and an image of an angel, holding a sword and a cross, standing over the fallen Huguenots with the motto UGONOTTORUM STRAGES or “Huguenot Bloodbath”.
You can find out more about the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre at the following links:
- St Bartholomew's Day Massacre - 24 August 1572
- St Bartholomew's Day Massacre 1572 - Primary Source Accounts
Extract taken from On This Day in Tudor History by Claire Ridgway.