O God, who for the defense of the Catholic faith and to restore all things in Christ, filled saint Pius, the supreme Pontiff, with heavenly wisdom and apostolic strength; mercifully grant that following his teaching and example, we may attain to our eternal reward. Through Christ our Lord.


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Born    2 June 1835

Ordained priest       18 September 1858

Ordained bishop     20 November 1884

Created cardinal  12 June 1983

Appointed to Venice  15 June 1893

Elected Pope   4 August 1903

Died    20 August 1914

Beatified         3 June 1951

Canonized       29 May 1954


A beautiful, but brief description of the person of Saint Pius was written by Adrienne von Speyer, in Book of All Saints. This book was recently published by Ignatius Press and it would make a great addition to your library.