Virgin martyr and miracle worker in death.
She was stabbed to death on July 6 while resisting the advances of the son of her father's business
partner. Maria was born in Corinaldo, Italy, the daughter of a farmer who moved the family to
Ferriere di Conca, near Anzio. There Alexander Serenelli, a youth who lived in the same house, tried
to seduce the young Maria. When she refused him, Alexander stabbed her repeatedly. Arrested for the
murder, he was imprisoned and experienced a vision of Maria. Her cuase was opened becuase she was
credited with some forty miracles after her death. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII (r. 1939-1958)
in 1950, as a model of purity. Alexander attended her canonization.
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