(St. Pius X, Pope) Pope Pius X is perhaps best remembered for his encouragement of the frequent reception of Holy Communion, especially by children. The second of 10 children in a poor Italian family, Joseph Sarto became Pius X at 68, one of the 20th century’s greatest popes.
Today, Aug. 20, 2013, is the 99th anniversary of Pope St. Pius X's death. He is the last pope saint to be canonized whose cause underwent the scrutiny of a Devil's Advocate, a role that was formalized by Pope Sixtus V in the 16th century. John Paul II eliminated the Devil's Advocate requirement. Pope St. Pius X's body is incorrupt.