“To Restore All Things in Christ”
Moto of Pope Saint Pius X
Dear Devotees of Saint Philomena
Today, the 21st day of August, is the very important feast of Pope Saint Pius X who was a great devotee of Saint Philomena.
The second of 10 children in a poor Italian family, Joseph Sarto became Pius X at age 68 and has been described as one of the twentieth century’s greatest popes.
Pope Saint Pius X (2 June 1835 – 20 August 1914), was Pope from 4 August 1903 to his death in 1914. He was canonized in 1954. Pius X is known for vigorously opposing modernist interpretations of Catholic doctrine, promoting traditional devotional practices and orthodox theology. His most important reform was to order the codification of the first Code of Canon Law, which collected the laws of the Church into one volume for the first time. He was also considered a pastoral pope, in the sense of encouraging personal holiness, piety and a daily lifestyle reflecting deep Christian values.
Pius X was particularly devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the specific title of Our Lady of Confidence; his papal encyclical Ad diem illum expresses his desire through Mary to renew all things in Christ, which he had defined as his motto in his first encyclical. Pius X believed that there was no surer or more direct road than by the Virgin Mary to achieve this goal. Pius X was the only pope in the 20th century with extensive pastoral experience and implementation at the parish level, which led him to favor the use of the vernacular language in teaching catechesis, while the encouragement for frequent reception of holy communion, especially by children, became a lasting innovation of his papacy.
Now that we have an understanding of who is was let us now look at his deep devotion to Saint Philomena along with some of his ever living quotes
Pope Pius X, on May 21, 1912, extends to the whole Church the Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena. This pious association is thus proclaimed a Universal Archconfraternity. In the Apostolic Brief, with regard to the historical authenticity of Saint Philomena, he ordains that: “The current statements (regarding St. Philomena) are and remain always fixed, valid and effective; in this way it has to be judged as normative; and if it is proceeded in another way, it will be null and void, whatever its authority”.
Pope St Pius X (1903-1914) He is the Pope who in 1905 proclaimed Blessed, the Cure of Ars, on the first centenary of the translation of Saint Philomena’s Body from Rome to Mugnano. As the Pope wanted to participate from afar in our feast, on the 8th of August, three days before the celebrations in Mugnano, he instructed P. Remer, a fervent devotee of Saint Philomena, to bring to our Sanctuary one of his golden rings to offer to Saint Philomena. On this occasion Monsignor Agnello Renzullo, Bishop of Nola, authorized the papal delegate to open the urn, and he slipped the precious ring on the finger of the wax effigy that contains the Saint’s bones.
Pius X loved Saint Philomena very much and he was truly saddened by the questions raised concerning her, especially about the authenticity of the tiles found sealing the front of her tomb (this question has since been resolved). This results from the report that the Abbot Fr. Petit wrote about the audience granted to him by Pius X on June 16, 1907. On that occasion Fr. Petit offered to the Pope a relic of the Cure’ of Ars and he personally read the attached dedication that, of course, referred to Saint Philomena. Father Petit recounts that when the Pope reached the name of the young Saint, and the well known question came up, he vigorously exclaimed:
“Ah, Saint Philomena! I am very saddened by what is written regarding this topic. How can they possibly write these things?” And he vigorously displayed his sorrow and disappointment, regarding the “Philomena Question”, in these terms: “How can they not realize that the greatest argument in favor of the cult of Saint Philomena is the Cure’ of Ars? Through her, in her name, as a result of her intercession, he received countless graces, and continuous miracles. His devotion towards her was very well known by everyone, he continuously recommended her. It is clear by now that the soul that formed these sacred remains was a pure and saintly soul whom the Church has declared to be those of a virgin and martyr. This soul has been so loved by God, has been so filled with the Holy Spirit, that it has obtained the most marvelous graces for those who had recourse to her intercession”.
The Pope spoke with ardent conviction. We must admire his veneration and confidence in Saint Philomena.
Saint Pius X, on the May 21, 1912, extended to the whole Church throughout the world, the Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena: the highest tribute from a pope who became Saint to a great Saint herself!
We have discussed devotion of this Pope for the Saint on the devotion and the ex voto offered to the Sanctuary of Mugnano. Here we must add that the great devotion and respect of Pius X for the Cure’ of Ars, who was also deeply devoted to Saint Philomena, brought him to love our Martyr with deeper intensity.
The Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena (which is the international Family of Saint Philomena) welcomes the Society of Saint Pius X to join us as one spiritual family through the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena as we proceed in obedience to the Holy Mother Church.
Pope Saint Pius X pray for us!
Director of the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena
Support the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena
The Sanctuary of Saint Philomena is not a parish Church. We do not have parishioners who support this place of worship on a weekly basis. We are completely dependent on the love and generosity of you, the world-wide devotees, to keep the doors of the earthly home of Saint Philomena open.
We pray at the Sanctuary for the devotees of Saint Philomena to recognize and provide the means to pay our monthly utilities of gas and electricity. We also pray for the means to install a lift at the Sanctuary to enable physically challenged pilgrims to experience the entire home of their beloved Saint.
In order to ensure the Sanctuary is able to keep our doors open to you and to continue to offer God continual praise and to be the focal point through which our prayers are received by Saint Philomena and interceded for before God at the Sanctuary, you may donate in the following ways:
- Direct to the Sanctuary:
- By personal check payable to the "Sanctuary of Saint Philomena." For security reasons, please send your donation through registered or express mail to the Sanctuary's address at the bottom of this newsletter.
- Online - Go to our Support Page, Click Here
By bank transfer to the Sanctuary’s Bank account: SANTUARIO SANTA FILOMENA, BANCA UNICREDIT MUGNANO DEL CARDINALE (30525), BANK ACCOUNT: n° 000400102946, SWIFT CODE: UNCRITM1E94, IBAN: IT18D0200875790000400102946
- U.S.A. Tax-Deductible Donations may be sent to the new non-profit set up in the United States:
- Online - Go to our Support Page, Click Here
- Postal mail donations can be made to: Saint Philomena Sanctuary Support Fund, Inc. P.O. Box 4114 Bergheim, Texas 78004, U.S.A.