To attend seminary, Pius X was granted a scholarship. While there, he excelled at classics, philosophy, and theology. He was then ordained a priest and further studied St. Thomas Aquinas and canon law. He restored the church at Salzano and expanded the hospital by begging for the funds and also laboring to make the money. He assisted the sick during the cholera plague that swept northern Italy in the early 1870s. Pius X was made chancellor of the Diocese of Treviso and used his position to make it possible for public school students to receive religious instruction. One of his great struggles was in getting religious instruction to rural and urban youth who could not attend Catholic schools. But, he persisted in this and made some headway.
Pius X was the last pope (before Pope Francis) who did not have a doctorate.
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