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).
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. The following video contains some wonderful close-ups 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):
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, Model of Heroic Holiness, as well as the many links at the end of this post. It is abundantly clear that the religion of Pope Pius X is not 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:
Pius X’s Most Important Doctrinal Papal Documents:
- E Supremi – on the Restoration of All Things in Christ (1903)
- Acerbo Nimis – on the Teaching of Christian Doctrine (1905)
- Vehementer Nos – on Separation of Church and State (1906)
- Lamentabili Sane – the Syllabus of Modernist Errors (1907)
- Pascendi Dominici Gregis – on the Doctrine of the Modernists (1907)
- Praestantia Scripturae – on the Bible & Modernism (1907)
- Editae Saepe – on St. Charles Borromeo (1910)
- Sacrorum Antistitum – the Oath Against Modernism (1910)
- Our Apostolic Mandate – on Sillonism (1910)
Videos & Tidbits on St. Pius X:
- Gli Uomini Non Guardano Il Cielo – The only Movie ever made about Pope Pius X (Italian)
- Ecclesiastical Milestones of Pope St. Pius X – Catholic-Hierarchy.org
- Photo Collection: Saint Pius X
- Extensive Photo Collection: Pope Saint Pius X
- Book Recommendation: “Saint Pius X: Restorer of the Church” by Yves Chiron, with many gorgeous photos
- Book Recommendation: “Memories of Pope Pius X” by Cardinal Raphael Merry del Val
- Modernism’s Eternal Foe, Our Eternal Friend: St. Pius X and the Conciliar Church by Tom