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Pope Pius X in the Vatican Gardens in 1913. (Giuseppe Felici, 1839-1923, via Wikimedia Commons)

Pope St. Pius X’s memorial is celebrated Aug. 21, the day after he entered eternal life

By Stephanie Mann, EWTN News, 8/21/20

There have been 12 popes named Pius; the first (Pope Saint Pius I) in the second century; the latest (Pope Pius XII) reigning from 1939 to 1958. Popes named Pius have seen the Church through tumultuous times. Enea (named after Vergil’s Aeneas) Silvio Bartolomeo Piccolomini, who took the name Pius II in 1458, tried to raise a crusade against the Ottoman Empire, which was invading Eastern Europe, but died on his way in Ancona on the coast of the Adriatic Sea in1464. Pope Pius IV (1559-1565) should be forgiven any nepotism that inspired his naming one of his nephews a cardinal, for St. Charles Borromeo, the Archbishop of Milan, became of the greatest reformers of the Counter-Reformation era. He implemented the programs of the Council of Trent as a model for other bishops to emulate. After St. Pope Pius V was canonized in 1712, the next pope named Pius to be canonized was Pope Pius X. …