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Pope St. Pius X

Feast Days: 
August 21
Time Period: 
1835 -1914
First Communicants

Guiseppe Melchiorre Sarto was from a poor farming
family in Italy. Fr. Sarto loved his work of preaching,
teaching and administration and was not happy
about his appointment as Bishop of Mantua. This
was a time of government opposition to religion. On
July 20, 1903, Bishop Sarto was elected pope. When
he heard the news, “he bent his head, broke into
tears and whispered, ‘Thy will be done.’” Pope Pius
X’s motto “to restore all things in Christ” (Eph 1:10)
fit his work as he reformed seminaries, the liturgy
and Breviary, instructed the laity in the knowledge
of God, encouraged frequent reception of Holy
Communion, and oversaw the construction of the
Code of Canon Law. His greatest achievement was
a successful fight against the heresy of Modernism,
a belief that the Church should adjust to fit the
prevailing philosophies and should not be in the
public square.

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