10 Oct Papa Pio X
Dead: 20 August 1914
In: Basilica di San Pietro, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano
He was head of the Catholic Church from August 1903 to his death in 1914.
Pius X is known for vigorously opposing modernist interpretations of Catholic doctrine, promoting liturgical reforms and orthodox theology.
He directed the production of the 1917 Code of Canon Law, the first comprehensive and systemic work of its kind.
After his death, a strong cult of devotion followed his reputation of piety and holiness.
He was beatified in 1951 and was canonized on 29 May 1954.
The traditionalist Catholic priestly Society of Saint Pius X is named in his honor while a grand statue bearing his name stands within St. Peter's Basilica; and his birth town was renamed Riese Pio X after his death.