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Pope Pius X: Champion of the Poor



The memorial of Pope Pius X invites us to reflect closely on the life of the church. During his pontificate, he repeatedly called people “to renew all things in Christ.” He highly encouraged attending the Eucharist and receiving communion daily. Thereupon, he was nicknamed “the Pope of the Holy Eucharist.” His generosity, integrity and passion for the poor was beyond compare. As a child, he went to school barefoot to save his shoes for important occasions. He gave everything he had to the poor. In fact, on several occasions, afraid that he would again share his belongings to the poor, his sisters decided to hide his clothes. His genuine love for the suffering and the helpless and his formidable determination to offer attention to the needy made him the Champion of the poor. Using his immense power, he could have been rich and prosperous easily but truly, he faithfully lived the way of the Gospel. His frequent visits to the poor in the neighboring places were the mark of his extreme love and care. In the course of his pontificate, he worked hard to educate the children. He was a strong supporter of Children’s Catechesis. During the outbreak of the World War I, he suffered hard, had great sacrifices and openly expressed his willingness to die for the children. He said, I live poor, I will also die poor. His example left precious memories for us to ponder and imitate. Amen.

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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, currently assigned as Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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