POPE PIUS X DEATH CENTENARY 2014 MAXIMUM CARD

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Country: ITALY

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20 August 2014 – MAXIMUM CARD for the € 0.70 stamp in remembrance of the centenary of the death of St Pius X, featuring a 1935 painting by Gino Ghedina. The inscriptions include the date of birth and death of this Pope (1834-1914). Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto was born in a small town of the Venetian region called Riese from parents who had some small land property: the father was a municipal postman and the mother a seamstress.
Pope Leo XIII made Sarto a cardinal in 1893 and three days later he was appointed Patriarch of Venice. In 1903, he ascended St. Peter’s throne after he was elected on 4 August by a vote of 50 out of 62 votes. Although viewed by some as a conservative Pontiff, Pope Pius X was a promoter of sacred music and he reformed seminaries and the all-too-powerful Roman Curia and promoted a more ecumenical stance of the Catholic Church. He was against “modernism” but never took a position against science at a time when physics and other sciences were making an extraordinary progress; suffice to mention the findings of Einstein, Planck, Thomson, Rutherford and Bohr. Pope Sarto was a keen follower of scientific discoveries, with special attention to astronomy and mathematics. His popularity stemmed from his humble origins and his use of very simple language. He said, “I was born poor, I have lived poor, and I wish to die poor”. In fact, he “ lived in the shadow of the cross and in the name of true poverty”; he never accept honours of any kind and lived a simple and ordinary life. His sainthood was on everyone’s lips even when he was still alive. Pope Pius X died on 20 August 1914. He was canonized 60 years ago in 1954.

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