On June 2, 1835, Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto saw the light of
earth at Riesi, Province of Treviso, in Venice; on August 20, 1914, he saw the light of heaven; and
on May 29, 1954, he who had become the two hundred fifty-ninth pope was canonized St. Pius
Two of the most outstanding accomplishments of this saintly Pope were the inauguration of
the liturgical renewal and the restoration of frequent communion from childhood. He also waged an
unwavering war against the heresy and evils of Modernism, gave great impetus to biblical studies,
and brought about the codification of Canon Law. His overriding concern was to renew all things in
Above all, his holiness shone forth conspicuously. From St. Pius X we learn again
that "the folly of the Cross", simplicity of life, and humility of heart are still the highest
wisdom and the indispensable conditions of a perfect Christian life, for they are the very source of
all apostolic fruitfulness.
His last will and testament bears the striking sentence: "I was
born poor, I have lived in poverty, and I wish to die poor."
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