August 12th, 2014

The centenary of death of Giuseppe Sarto will be marked with a new stamp informs the philatelists from around the world that next stamp issue of Vatican will be commemorated to the centenary of death of the Giuseppe Sarto (Saint Pius X). This stamp issue will be available from 28th of August and will consist of two euro item depicting a well-known saint.

Giuseppe Sarto (Saint Pius X) was of strong character and had a natural predisposition for study, which helped him enter the seminary and respond to his vocation which he received at a young age. He was ordained a priest and showed great dynamism and a remarkable ability in relating to others, thus gaining the admiration of his parishioners and confreres.

His motto was "To restore all things in Christ" and he worked to put it into practice by reforming the Roman Curia, drafting the new code of Canon Law, reforming the liturgy, as well as calling for singing and music in sacred functions, and making the catechism obligatory for children and adults. In 1914, shortly before he died, he left what was considered one of the most distinguished testaments to peace offered to future generations with his Apostolic Exhortation "Dum Europa".

On 29 May 1954 before a crowd of 800,000, Pope Pius XII presided over the ceremony of his canonization. The Philatelic and Numismatic Office will celebrate the centenary of his death with a two euro postage stamp, which displays the front of his funerary monument, the main work of Italian sculptor Pier Enrico Astorri, found in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.

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