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Pope Pius the Tenth

F. A. Forbes

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Pope Saint Pius X (2 June 1835 – 20 August 1914), born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, was Pope from 4 August 1903 to his death in 1914. He was the first pope since Pius V (1566 to 1572) to be canonized. St. Pius X is known for vigorously opposing modernist interpretations of Catholic doctrine, promoting traditional devotional practices and orthodox theology. His most important reform was to publish the first Code of Canon Law, which collected the laws of the Church into one volume for the first time. He was also considered a pastoral pope, in the sense of encouraging personal holiness, piety and a daily lifestyle reflecting deep Christian values. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .loved father should receive such a mark of honour struggled hard with their grief at losing him. It comforted them a little, they said, to think that his precious gifts, instead of being spent on Salzano alone, would now find full scope in a diocese that counted two hundred and ten parishes.

It was not until the autumn of the same year that Don Giuseppe bade farewell to his sorrowing parishioners, and, taking possession of his stall, sang the first vespers of Advent Sunday in the cathedral of Treviso. Like all the other professors of the seminary, Canon Sarto had three small rooms set apart for his use. From the windows he could look across the neatly-kept garden to where the quiet waters of the Sile, flowing by the ivy-coloured walls, widened out into little lakes amongst the thickets of poplar and plane trees that lay beyond.

The rector of the seminary was Don Giuseppe's old friend Pietro Jacuzzi, and there were in the college. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I read the children's version of this Pope to my children when they were young. What a remarkable life this poor peasant boy lived. I happened upon this adult version recently and fell in love again with Pope Pius X 's passion for God and his people. The humility he displays is remarkable for such p

This was a fast read outlining the basics of Pope St. Pius X as he went from child to the much beloved Pope. A true man of God and of the people. He made many changes in the Church from restoring Gregorian Chant to allowing first communion at the age of seven. Many miracles were attributed to him wh

Easy-to-read and well-written biography of Pius X beginning with his childhood, seminary and the parishes where he served as a young priest. He was described as brilliant yet humble and always willing to help the poor and disadvantaged. His brilliance led to his ascending to bishop, cardinal and the