St. Seraphia was born at Antioch, of Christian parents, who, flying from the persecutions of Adrian, went to Italy and settled there. Her parents dying, Seraphia was sought in marriage by many, but having resolved to consecrate herself to God alone, she sold all of her possessions and distributed the proceeds to the poor; finally she sold herself into voluntary slavery, and entered the services of a Roman lady named Sabina.
Pope from 1903 to 1914, Pius X was canonized an May 29, 1954. He was born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, on June 2, 1835, at Riese, in the province of Treviso, Italy. He died on August 20, 1914, in Rome, a few weeks after the outbreak of World War I. Pius Xs reign was marked by his continuous effort to encourage a renewal of spiritual devotion, particularly with regard to the Holy Eucharist. He also directed a vigorous campaign against the dangers of Liberalism and Modernism in the Church.