St. Pius X
September 3, 2024
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 3 of September, repeating indefinitely
Joseph Sarto was born at Riese a small village in Venetia, on June 2, 1835, in humble circumstances. He was successively curate, parish priest, bishop of Mantua, patriarch of Venice—offices to which his keen intelligence, hard work and great piety caused him to be quickly promoted. He was elected Pope on August 4, 1903, and took the name of Pius X. As chief pastor of the Church he displayed untiring self-sacrifice and great energy; he was an intrepid defender of the purity of Christian doctrine. He realized to the full the value of the liturgy as the prayer of the Church and the solid basis that it furnishes for the devotion of Christian people; he worked for the restoration of the worship of the Church, especially plainchant, so that Christian people, as he put it, might find beauty in their public prayer. He spared no effort to propagate the practice, so great an aid to holiness, of early, frequent and daily communion. He died August 20, 1914 and was canonized on May 29, 1954.