About St. Pius X, Pope
St. Pius X came from humble beginnings. Born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, he was the second oldest of ten children. His parents believed strongly in the value of education, and Giuseppe walked almost 4 miles to school every day. He also studied Latin with a local priest. He received a scholarship to attend seminary and was ordained a priest in 1858.
As a priest, and later as a bishop, he thought it important that all children receive religious instruction. He enabled children in public schools to learn about the faith through instruction, which was unusual at the time. He also worked with sick during a cholera plague in the area in the early 1870s.
Giuseppe was elected pope in 1903. He took the name Pius X.
He strongly believed that frequent reception of the Eucharist should be promoted. He also encouraged children to receive Holy Communion and reduced the minimum age for reception of the Eucharist from 12 years old to 7 years old.
St. Pius X died on August 20, 1914. He is sometimes called “Pope of the Blessed Sacrament”.
St. Pius X is the patron saint of first Communicants.