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The Pope: A Day in the Life

Editors Note: Today is the Feast day of Pope St Pius X. We pray for the Society of St Pius X on this day, especially.

From the blog @TorontoCatholic Witness

Written by Barona

Pope Pius X rose about four, shaved and dressed without a valet. Then he went to his private chapel, meditated and read Prime from an immense breviary which was his most treasured possession. He said Mass, served by one of his chaplains, and himself gave Communion to those invited to assist; then he heard a second Mass. A cup of black coffee awaited him in his study. A sort walk in the garden. Back to his study and his correspondence and a few private audiences. A simple dinner at one, usually in the company of several members of his household.

Pius X broke the tradition which prescribed that the Pope eat alone. When he invited someone to dine with him he saw consternation on several faces. When he asked the reason, he was told that it had been the custom of the popes to dine alone.

“Since when has it been the custom?”, he asked.

‘Since Urban VIII set the rule”, was the answer.

“If Urban VIII had the right to make such a rule,” he said serenely, “then Pius X has an equal right to abolish it”.

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