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SAINT PIUS X:
Giuseppe Sarto Died in Heroic Sanctity 100 Years Ago Today

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Off to Receive his Eternal Reward:
Pope St. Pius X died Aug. 20, 1914

Today commemorates a most joyous occasion for all true Catholics: Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, better known as Pope Pius X, gave up his beautiful soul to God exactly 100 years ago today, on August 20, 1914. Despised by the world and by the Modernists, and many a supposed “Catholic”, St. Giuseppe Sarto was eminently pleasing to His Creator. He cared not for the opinion of this world, but only to do the will of God. For this, he received a merciful judgment and heard from the Just Judge these words: “Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Mt 25:34).

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A true Saint, dying an exemplary death: Pius X

Pius X was beatified in 1951 and declared a Saint of the Catholic Church on May 29, 1954, by Pope Pius XII. The canonization came less than 40 years after the death of the holy Pontiff, and to this day he remains the only true Catholic Pope to be officially recognized as a saint since St. Pius V in the 16th century.

To celebrate this wonderful 100th Anniversary of the passing of Pope Sarto, we are once again sharing various video clips relating to St. Pius X, his life, and his canonization:

Saint Pius X walking through the Vatican Gardens

The Canonization of Saint Pius X (Giuseppe Sarto)

In addition to these videos, we also highly recommend the Pius X Canonization Photo Collection.

The Rorate Caeli blog has published a beautiful, lengthy post on the passing of St. Pius X in 1914. (Earlier this year, they had also made available an English translation of the Address of Pope Pius XII for the Canonization of Saint Pius X.) See also Tom Droleskey’s A Century of Heavenly Help from Papa Sarto. and Fr. Vili Lehtoranta’s post on Pius X’s refutation of the erroneous idea that a Catholic can “recognize but resist” the Pope on matters of faith, morals, or discipline, when he thinks it necessary.

You may not be aware, but St. Pius X’s body was found incorrupt when they opened his casket in the 1940s as part of the beatification process. Here are two images — the first one is the last photo taken of the body of St. Pius X before the casket was closed; the second one shows the casket being reopened 30 years later:

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The last photo of St. Pius X before burial

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The incorrupt body of Pope St. Pius X, 30 years after his death

The following is a wonderful close-up of the incorrupt body of Saint Sarto (in which, however, a bronze mask is seen over his face), though ironically being displayed in the presence of the Modernist Angelo Roncalli (“Pope Saint” John XXIII):

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To learn more about the great St. Pius X, his importance for the Church at a critical time in her life, his extraordinary sanctity, and his unyielding zeal for the purity of the Catholic Faith, see our Tribute to Saint Pius X, Scourge of the Modernists, as well as the many links at the end of this post. It is abundantly clear that the religion of Pope Pius X isnot the religion of “Pope” Francis.

Speaking of “Pope” Francis, a “genuine Modernist”, as Bp. Bernard Fellay rightly called him, he is not exactly celebrating the centenary of the death of the Anti-Modernist St. Pius X. In his general audience of August 20, Francis did not speak one word about the anniversary of the passing of this great and glorious Pontiff, a true defender of the Faith (big surprise face now, please). (Contrast that with Francis’ glowing praise of Paul VI in his audience of Aug. 6, commemorating a mere 36-year anniversary of the apostate pseudo-pope Montini.)

Finally, here is a picture of the festivities currently taking place at the Vatican for the 100th anniversary of the passing of the great Pope St. Pius X:

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Pius X’s Most Important Doctrinal Papal Documents:

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