St Pius X

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St Pius X was born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto on the 2 June 1835 in Riese, Venice. He was chosen as the 257 Pope in 1903 taking the name Pius X. During his ponificate he issued decrees on early Communion at the age of 7, reformed the liturgy, brought Gregorian chant back to services, revised the breviary and teaching of the Catechism and prompted the Bible to be read by all the faithful. St Pius X died on the 21 August 1914 at Vatican City and was canonised by Pope Pius XII in 1954. He is the patron saint of first communicants.

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