Roman Catholic Church will mark on Friday (August 21) the memory of Saint Pius X, known as the Pope of the Holy Eucharist.
Born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto on June 2, 1835 in Italy, St. Pius was greatly admired for his piety, charity, deep humility, pastoral zeal, and simplicity.
Ordained priest in 1858, he was appointed bishop in 1884, cardinal in 1893, and was elected as the 259th head of the Roman Catholic Church in 1903. He was devoted to the Marian title Our Lady of Confidence.
Holy masses and special prayer services will be offered at the Pope Pius Center in Paco Manila, in honor of the revered Italian saint while commemorative masses will also be observed in Roxas City, Capiz; Sipocot, Camarines Sur; Lipa City, Batangas; and in Pototan, Iloilo.
Pope St. Pius X became known as the Pope of the Holy Eucharist after he allowed children to have their First Communion at the age of seven instead of the then customary age of 14. He also encouraged the faithful to receive Holy Communion often. St. Pius died on August 20, 1914 and was canonized on May 29, 1954.