Guiseppe Sarto was born at Riese in the province of Venice in the year 1835. He became a priest and excelled in the duties given to him. After being first Bishop of Mantua and then Patriarch of Venice, he was appointed as a cardinal, then elected as pope in the year 1903. He made it his object in his pontificate as Pope Pius X to restore all things in Christ, and he did this by his simplicity, his poverty and his fortitude. He renewed the true Christian life among the faithful and he fought strenuously against the errors which were sweeping through the Church at the time. He died on 20 August in the year 1914.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You filled Pope Saint Pius X with wisdom and gave him the strength of an apostle to defend the Catholic faith and to renew all things in Christ. Grant that we may follow his example and teaching, and so come to our reward in heaven. We pray this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 21 August 2017
A Christian Pilgrim