POPE PIUS X

Bid now! E-Mail a Friend Currency Converter

This autograph will be auctioned live on May 23, 2018. For more information and to place your bid click the "BID NOW!" button above.
POPE PIUS X - Pope Pius X Grants a Dispensation to the Patriarch of Venice
Click to close [X]

POPE PIUS X - Pope Pius X Grants a Dispensation to the Patriarch of Venice

Click image to enlarge

Pope Pius X Grants a Dispensation to the Patriarch of Venice to Use a Portable Altar

for All Soul’s Day Mass in a Parish Cemetery on Venice’s Lido

 

PIUS X. (1835-1914). The first pope of the 20th century who emphasized personal devotion and was canonized in 1954. ANS. (“Pius P.P. X”). 1p. 4to. Venice, October 23, 1909. A brief response at the bottom of an ALS by ARISTIDE CAVALLARI (1849-1914) Roman Catholic Cardinal, who succeeded Pius X as Patriarch of Venice. In Italian with translation. The letter to which the pope is replying, reads:

 

Blessed Father, The most reverent priest of the Lido parish, in his effort to light ever-more devotion in the hearts of his parishioners toward the souls of the deceased faithful, wishes to celebrate a mass at the cemetery of that parish on the sacred day to commemorate our dear departed, but this cemetery lacks a chapel, so he, with my [help?] and prostrated at the feet of Your Excellency, asks the gracious permission to use on that occasion a portable altar, conforming, of course, to the rules of Your Liturgy. Beyond that I do not know if that altar can be erected at the proper distance from the graves and if that cannot be what is required for the Sacred Rites, we ask you in Your Benignity to give us the necessary dispensation. In the hope that you may deign to welcome the humble request of the zealous parish priest favorably, I kiss Your feet with the utmost respect, and asking for Your apostolic blessing, I remain the servant and creature Of Your Holiness In the divine year, most obliged and obedient, + Aristide Card. Cavallari Patro.”

 

Pius has written and signed at the bottom the following note:

 

“We grant this request on this day, October 23, 1909…”

 

One of ten children, the future Pius X was born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto in Lombardy-Venetia (modern Treviso). He became a priest in 1858 and was deeply influenced by the writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas. He became popular for administering to the sick during the 1870s cholera epidemics and for making education more accessible in rural areas. In 1893, Pope Leo XIII named him Cardinal-Priest of San Bernardo alle Terme as well as Patriarch of Venice. After Leo XIII’s 1903 death, Sarto surprised the world by being elected to succeed him. Initially reluctant to take on the role, Sarto was made pope August 9, 1903.

 

His papacy, which lasted a mere 9 years, was defined by his resistance to modernizing the liturgy and an emphasis on personal devotion among both the clergy and laity. He promoted the doctrines of Aquinas and venerated the Virgin Mary, which he felt encouraged a pathway to Christ. He also ordered the first comprehensive codification of canon law, completed after his death. Especially revered by traditional Catholics, Pius X was beatified in 1951 and canonized three years later.

 

Our letter grants permission the Patriarch of Venice to perform an outdoor mass in a parish cemetery on the Lido, an island near Venice, on All Soul’s Day, celebrated on November 2nd.

 

Written on a sheet of paper bearing the red coat of arms of the Patriarch of Venice, the bishop of the diocese of Venice. Stamped on the verso by the Curia of the Patriarch of Venice and dated October 25, 1909. In excellent condition.

 


This autograph will be auctioned live on May 23, 2018. For more information and to place your bid click the "BID NOW!" button above.
Bid now! E-Mail a Friend Currency Converter

Lion Heart Autographs, Inc. unconditionally guarantees to the original purchaser the authenticity of every autograph it sells without time limit.

We accept all major credit cards as well as PayPal, wire transfers and U.S. checks and money orders. Free domestic shipping via FedEx with credit card payment. For more information, click here.

Just this once...
Share your name and email address to receive:

Name
E-Mail
Tell us about your collecting interests, including specific names:

No, thanks

We respect your privacy. Your email address will never be shared with a third party.