POPE PIUS X DEATH CENTENARY 2014 MAXIMUM CARD
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Condition: POPE PIUS X DEATH CENTENARY 2014 MAXIMUM CARD
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20 August 2014 – MAXIMUM CARD for the â‚¬ 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. Peterâ€™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 â€œmodernismâ€ 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, â€œI was born poor, I have lived poor, and I wish to die poorâ€. In fact, he â€œ lived in the shadow of the cross and in the name of true povertyâ€; he never accept honours of any kind and lived a simple and ordinary life. His sainthood was on everyoneâ€™s lips even when he was still alive. Pope Pius X died on 20 August 1914. He was canonized 60 years ago in 1954.