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St. Pius X 

St. Pius X, whose baptismal name is Giuseppe Sarto, was born June 2, 1835 into a poor Italian family. He grew up in a loving, Catholic home where devotion and virtue were loved and practiced. He found his vocation at an early age and entered the seminary in Padua at 15 years old.

After his ordination, he was assigned as a curate in a farming village of Tombolo. In time, he was re-assigned to other parish pastoral work, eventually becoming bishop of Mantua and then Cardinal and Patriarch of Venice, despite his humble protestations. He was known for his great simplicity, humility, and poverty of spirit, which made him well beloved of many of the faithful that he served. After the death of Pope Leo XIII, he was elected to take the Chair of St. Peter. During his Pontificate he promoted the importance of liturgical worship, restored Gregorian Chant within the liturgy, he sought to provide sound education for clerics, and fostered greater devotion to the Holy Eucharist by decreasing the age for reception of first holy communion and encouraging frequent reception of this most august Sacrament. He is most especially known for denouncing the heresy of modernism and fighting against many modern errors. He zealously defended true Catholic doctrine and he boldly resisted those who attacked the Church. Just on the brink of the first World War, he went to his Heavenly reward on August 20th, 1914. He is the patron saint of first communicants.

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