An energetic pastor
When he was 54 he was appointed bishop of a troubled diocese. Again, his energy, vision, and devotion proved very successful. Within ten years he was promoted to head an archdiocese and was named a Cardinal.
Ten years after that, against his wishes, he was elected Pope.
In the eleven years of his pontificate, he initiated a complete revision of canon law as well as the Liturgy. He worked to navigate the Church through a very dangerous political environment as well as philosophical challenges to Church teaching. He encouraged early and frequent reception of the Eucharist. A strong Pope, he was personally humble, austere, and devoted to pastoral work: especially preaching and hearing confessions.
He was greatly troubled by the political instability in the world and a growing militarization. His fears would be brutally confirmed. Two months after a high-profile assassination, a ferocious war broke out.
Within days, the man born as Giuseppe Sarto but forever known as Pope St. Pius X, died of grief, 95 years ago yesterday. He was canonized forty years later and the memory of Pope St. Pius X is celebrated on this day.
(from an earlier post)