Religion: New Name in the Book

Giuseppe Sarto was a poor boy. His father earned 50¢ a day as municipal messenger and janitor for the Italian town of Riese, near Venice, and his mother made clothes for the local farmers and laborers. When Giuseppe walked the four miles to secondary school and back each day he used to take off his shoes and carry them to save the leather.

Giuseppe Sarto became assistant parish priest at Tombolo, and he was still poor; in all his nine years there he was never able to buy a full set of vestments. Each evening, after the parish work was done,...

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