Pope Saint Pius X (2 June 1835 – 20 August 1914), born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, was the 257th Pope of the Catholic Church, serving from 1903 until his death in 1914. He is known for his efforts to promote traditional Catholic values and to combat modernist and liberal tendencies within the Church. Pope Pius X emphasized the importance of liturgical reform and encouraged the faithful to participate actively in the celebration of the Mass. He promoted the frequent reception of Holy Communion and lowered the age of First Holy Communion. Saint Pius X’s papacy was marked by his simplicity, humility, and dedication to serving the poor. His feast day is celebrated on August 21st, and he is venerated as a model of holiness, orthodoxy, and pastoral leadership.
Pope St. Pius X
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