Saturday, August 21, 2010
ST. PIUS X
Pope Pius X had a hard act to follow, Pope Leo XIII, who many call the father of our social teaching. Pius X forsaw the start of World War I, not that many listened. What he did do was encourage liturgical reforms and perhaps most importantly encouraged the frequent reception of communion especially by children. A historian once wrote that he was "a man of God who knew the unhappiness of the world and the hardships of life, and in the greatness of his heart wanted to comfort everyone."