Joseph Sarto was born in Riese in Venetia on Jun 2nd, 1835. He was successively curate, parish priest, Bishop of Mantua, patriarch of Venice. He was elected Pope on August 4, 1903. As chief pastor of the Church he realised to the full the value of the liturgy as the prayer of the Church and spared no effort to propagate the practice of frequent and daily Communion. In his encyclical Pascendi Domini Gregis, he exposed and condemned the modernist heresy with force and clarity (1907). He died on August 20, 1914 and was canonised on May 29, 1954. (From 1962, Missal, Feast of St Pius X, Pope. Confessor)
Comments invited, with a suggestion to pray to this great Pope-Saint for the present Modernist Pope, Francis.